Recipe submitted by Mrs. Hiram L. Gross, Kulpsville, Pa.
Filling and topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup dates or raisins
Blend these ingredients together well before mixing coffee cake batter.
Coffee cake batter:
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
Sift dry ingredients together and cut in shortening.
Beat eggs well and add milk. Combine liquid with dry ingredients.
Spread half the batter in a greased flat pan 8×8 or 6×10 inches.
Sprinkle with half of the filling. Add the other half of the batter and sprinkle remaining filling on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
Cut in squares.
I used the food processor to chop the nuts and dates. Gave them a good consistency.
I thought it was funny that this coffee cake was called just that; Coffee Cake. Not Coffee Cake Supreme or Nutty Coffee Cake….just Coffee Cake. However, the plain jane name did not transfer to the food, we all thought this cake was really good! Not to dry and packed with yummy flavor. If you like breakfast food or snacking with coffee, make this cake.
I used dates and almonds for the dried fruit and nuts; I think it was a really nice combination.
The batter is pretty thick and sticky, so it might be easier to scoop it into the pan and spread with an oiled spatula.
Make sure your pan is well greased.