Tuesdays with Dorie: Cardamom Crumb Cake

December 21, 2010 at 12:06 am | Posted in breakfast things, cakes & tortes, groups, muffins/quick breads, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 11 Comments

cardamom crumb cake

Have I told you what I have been up to lately?  I started November wishing I could find a part-time job, and now I have two part-time jobs, totaling way more hours than a typical full-time one.  I get very anxious about waking up for job #1 at 5:45 in the morning after I’ve been at job #2 until 11:00 at night.  How do I get myself into these things, and why have I started every new food job I’ve had during the super-busy holiday season?  Oh well, it won’t last forever…job #2 is only for another few weeks.

For the time being, I do really look forward to the one morning a week when I can drink coffee out of a proper cup and stuff my face with things like Cardamom Crumb Cake for breakfast.  I get really happy when folks like Jill pick a breakfast recipe for TWD, and this coffee cake highlights one of my favorite spices.  I’d say that this is a simple, plain cake, but cardamom is an interesting flavor and is something a bit more unexpected than cinnamon.  Combine it with orange zest, espresso powder and walnut crumb topping, and you’ve got a cake I’d eat any day of the week.  Happily, the second half of  mine is tucked away in the freezer until Saturday.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Jill’s Blog.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Your cake looks wonderful. I love cardamon and look forward to trying this recipe. It is funny how the hours can add up for part-time jobs, isn’t it? I did something similar a few years ago, and between the jobs, a husband and four children I was exhausted. Hang in there.

  2. Looks fabulous! I really don’t bake with cardomom often enough

  3. Whew! Your schedule sounds exhausting. Your cake looks fab though – mmmm, weekend brekky.

  4. Your cake looks perfect and like something I would love to stuff my face with as well!

  5. I’m so jealous of your food-related jobs! =D Your cake looks delicious!

  6. Thank goodness for emergency crumb cake in the freezer, huh? Good luck making it through the holiday season with that hectic schedule – I know you can do it!

  7. Your cake looks even better than the photo in the book! Seriously… beautiful!

  8. I have some in the freezer too! your cake looks perfect. Thanks for taking the time to bake with me this week!

  9. That’s a tough schedule. This cake would definitely be one to relax with on that one day. Looks perfect.

  10. This looks like a really delicious spice cake. Love all the flavours in this, especially the nutty crumb topping. Happy holidays!

  11. Good luck with that busy schedule! Keep smiling, if you can. Your cake looks smashing.

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