Friday, September 10, 2010

1, 2, 3, 4...i declare a coffee cake war!

this is a tale of two coffee cakes. what's not to like about cake that goes with coffee? the first photo is of the east coast coffee cake from vegan brunch. if linda richman were to have a piece, she'd say it's "like buttah." pluses: many variations-(berries are best), super crumbly, and impresses the omnivore crowd. when i made this cake, i thought i had made the end-all be all of coffee cakes. then i tried the one featured below:
this is the round the clock coffee cake from american vegan kitchen. this is a whole 'nuther beast, people. very moist, extraordinarily rich, and the fun topping is also inside the cake. sure, there aren't any variations of this cake--just your standard coffee cake; however, this baby is so dense and decadent i feel like i've been transported to a diner in the south circa 1950 just smelling it. i posted a thread on the post punk kitchen about this cake being better than isa's and hopefully no one hates me for it--although someone jokingly informed me i was banned. isa is a solid brick house of a vegan chef, you can't not recognize she's a genius, but sometimes there's another winner of a recipe. and ms. tami's got the blue ribbon on this one my foodie friends.

so, about the sweet new year: jews around the world celebrate the new year by eating an incredible amount of sweets. rosh hashana is hands down my favorite holiday next to halloween. imagine a big buffet table loaded with every tooth rotting delight for you to nosh on, and that's an oneg after rosh services. for the next few posts, i'll be keeping it strictly sweet-(as if this somehow deviates from the norm!).

i picked up a copy of lickin' the beaters: low fat vegan desserts with my boxcar books gift certificate from last channukah-(yeah, i know i'm slow!) i look forward to showcasing some of those recipes too.


Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

You can never go wrong with coffee cake. That photo of the one from AVK is perfect. I love how you captured the texture of it.

Thanks for such a high praise on that recipe.

The Voracious Vegan said...

ARRGHGH! I LOVE coffee cake and I have both of those cookbooks. Now I'm going to have to have a coffee cake war of my own. What a delicious, delicious battle it will be.

Mona said...

What is coffee cake exactly? Or rather, when does one serve it? With what?

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Dammit! I have to get my hands on American Vegan Kitchen now.