Cheesecake Coffeecake

cheeseIf you have a sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast, well, I have a solution.

This is an interesting coffeecake. It really surprises you I think.

I’m tempted to think of all the neat things you could add to it, like lemons and blueberries, or strawberries, or chocolate chips.

And you can do that, very easily for sure.

But somehow it has this integrity of its own. A distinctive, not slap-you-in-the-face kinda taste that is somehow endearing and wonderful with a great cup of coffee. And it is COFFEE cake after all.

So try it on its own once, and then go ahead and fuss with it if you desire.

INGREDIENTS:

For the cake:
    • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) softened butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • pinch of salt
For the cheesecake swirl:
    • 1 (8 oz) package Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
For the streusel:
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First make the streusel by “forking” all the ingredients together until crumbly. Put in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, make the cheesecake swirl by beating together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the vanilla, buttermilk, and eggs.
  5. Gently mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Pour half of the cheesecake mixture on top, using a knife to swirl. Repeat with the rest of the batters.
  7. Evenly distribute the streusel topping on top of the batter.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

SERVES: 12

NOTES: As I said, you could add a bit of lemon juice or zest. You could add some fresh blueberries or strawberries sliced. Little dabs of blackberry jam dropped in the middle layer is possible. Or a layer of chocolate chips.

SOURCE: LovintheOven

OVEN TEMP: 350°

OVEN TIME: 35-40 min.

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