Garam Masala Crumble Coffee Cake

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Late last night I was watching Fringe on Netflix (omg, I’m so addicted btw) and Walter kept mentioning coffee cake. I’ve been craving something garam masala-y lately so I thought… garam masala coffee cake!

No pictures of the process this time (I honestly didn’t even think about putting this on the blog since it was an experiment), but let’s pretend.

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Garam Masala Crumble Coffee Cake

adapted from the frugal girl
makes 1 8×8 pan of coffee cake in about 40 minutes

Ingredients

for the coffee cake
3/4 cup sugar
¼ cup softened butter
¼ cup softened cream cheese (optional, but I like the creaminess it adds to the cake)
1 egg
½ cup milk
1½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

for the crumble
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons melted butter

Directions

Heat oven to 350.

Cream butter, sugar and cream cheese if using. Mix in egg and milk.

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Gently mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until moistened, and spread into a greased 8×8-inch baking pan.

Combine cinnamon crumble ingredients and sprinkle atop coffeecake dough.  Using a fork, swirl cinnamon mixture through dough.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

 

Notes

If you don’t have garam masala, you can omit it completely and use 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

The cream cheese is totally optional… I was just playin’ around, y’all.

I’m gonna tell you a secret – I don’t do the “combine dry ingredients in a small bowl” part because, frankly, I don’t feel like washing another bowl. I just threw all the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and it came out just fine. But by all means, if you have a dishwasher, no need for you to skip this step. I do not have a dishwasher, at least one that doesn’t involve my two hands and a sponge :/

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