You know those quizzes that are all over social media right now. The “What kind of dog are you?” or “Which state should you live in?” quizzes. I am a sucker for those. Because they are all very accurate and not at all a colossal waste of time. Plus, I truly need to know which character I am on House of Cards (I’m Christina Ghallager and Robert is, slightly disturbingly, Frank Underwood in case you are wondering).
Anyways, there seems to always be some question that asks about your ideal vacation or day off. I always go for the option that includes staying in, curling up on the couch, and/or a quaint brunch with friends. Oh, man. If there is ever a brunch option, I choose it no matter what the other options are. I’ve made that promise to myself and won’t go back on my word.
Brunch is just fabulous, isn’t it? I mean, it’s a great excuse to eat cake for breakfast and it be okay. That’s why I served this coffeecake at a brunch I hosted this past weekend for some of my most beloved girlfriends from high school. It seemed like the natural thing to do. The peaches and blueberries are in full bloom around here and I just so happened to stumble upon this recipe last week. The cake has a great crumb to it and the cinnamon streusel topping doesn’t overpower the slightly tart chunks of fruit speckled throughout. I wrapped the leftovers in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and put it in the freezer. I just had a piece for breakfast this morning and I am happy to report the integrity of the taste was not negatively impacted.
I will definitely be making another batch of this breakfast “bread” for future brunches, even if those brunches are a party of one. :)
Peach & Blueberry Crumb Cake
For the Topping:
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 8 pieces
For the Cake:
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dry
- 2 cups peeled and chopped fresh peaches (about 3 medium peaches)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch cake pan and line with a circle of parchment paper. Set aside.
2. Make the Topping: Whisk together the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt in an electric mixer on low speed until well combined, Add the butter and mix on low speed until no large hunks of butter remain and the mixture is uniform and looks like flakes of oatmeal. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Make the Cake: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, powder, and salt. Set aside. Cream together the butter, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Next, add in the eggs, one at a time; scraping down the side of the bowl as needed. The mixture will appear curdled at this point. Reduce the mixer speed to low, then gradually add the flour mixture and beat until the mixture is just combined, about 20 seconds. Use a spatula to finish mixing the batter, making sure to scrape any flour off the bottom of the bowl. Lastly, carefully fold blueberries and peaches into the batter with a spatula until evenly incorporated.
4. Assemble & Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the cake pan and gently smooth the top with a spatula. Take the topping and squeeze a handful to pack it together and then sprinkle it over the cake. Repeat with the remaining topping until the batter is covered. Place in the oven and bake for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with only a few crumbs. Place on a cooling rack and allow cake to cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.