This Walnuts And Cinnamon Coffee Cake is an old Saxon recipe coming from Transylvania. My German grandma used to make this recipe very often. The cake is made from a simple batter with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and spices. Before it goes in the oven, the batter is sprinkled with walnuts. It is great for breakfast too!
I think I was lucky enough to have grandmothers who loved cooking and baking. There are fond memories of them making specific recipes that I still love today. Every time I reconstruct an old family recipe the scent or the first bite of a certain food can take me right back to years and people past. This recipe is one of them.
The cake is made from a simple batter with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and spices. Before it goes in the oven, the batter is sprinkled with walnuts. When it comes out of the oven, the cake is dusted with powder sugar, cut in squares and served with coffee.
I adore Transylvanian desserts and this recipe comes from there. It does not claim to be a fancy one, but it is an old treasure that I thought deserves some attention due to the simplicity of the ingredients. This recipe of walnuts and cinnamon coffee cake is inherited from my grandmother who was German and lived in Transylvania.
She used walnuts in her recipes because the walnut tree is a popular one in Eastern Europe, therefore many recipes include this ingredient. However, if you don’t like walnuts, you can replace them with almonds or pecans.
The cake is extremely easy to put together and very delicious. As I said before, this is not a fancy recipe, but something my grandmother would rather make at the end of the week as a treat, using simple but quality ingredients available in her pantry. It was the time when dairy products came directly from the farmers, the eggs were fresh from the chicken coop, therefore the final product was tasty and also nutritious.
During the week, people did not eat cake after the main dish at lunch or dinner. It was a treat for the end of the week and not because they were trying to save money or diet. It was a simple custom.
Sometimes though, they would have a home-style dessert that would replace the meat and vegetables course after the soup. It was something like a sweet noodle dish or dessert dumplings filled with fruits, all home made and never bought. Again, all made on the table, in the middle of the kitchen, using the best ingredients they were able to acquire.
Even today, when I try to reconstruct her recipes, I try to use the best ingredients I can find around. I often use organic flour, eggs or milk. I bake with real unsalted butter and sometimes even with lard, if I want to recreate the taste of a recipe that was made with it.
Anyway, coffee cakes are easy to make, lovely and I hope you will try this recipe! I wouldn’t be shy to make this recipe for a potluck, a picnic or just on a lazy Sunday for the family to enjoy! And also eat it for breakfast, why not? Don’t you just love it when a recipe can be used for breakfast or dessert? Coffee cakes are like that. I would even dare to say that it is also a relatively cheap recipe to make.
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- 1 stick Plus 6 tablespoons/7.4oz /210 g unsalted butter room temperature
- 1½ cups/9.9oz/280g granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons/9.9oz/280 g all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup/4oz/115 g walnuts finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon powder sugar for decorating
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs one by one and keep mixing. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves.
- Add the dry ingredients gradually to the butter, eggs and sugar and mix well.
- Oil a 9x13inch(23x33cm) baking tray and pour the batter in it.
- Sprinkle the batter with the chopped walnuts.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- When cool, dust the cake with powder sugar and cut in squares.