Monday, January 18, 2010

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

I made this last week for the first time to use up some bananas and try something new. The recipe is from Bon Appétit and you can find it and lots of reviews at Epicurious. Elisa and I thought there was a bit too much streusel (mostly brown sugar) on top, but the perfect amount in the middle. But Alex thought the thick layer on top was amazing. I only put pecans (I had no walnuts) on a small piece for me. I loved the bites with pecans even more than the ones without. Pefect combination.

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

1 1/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces)
2/3 c. golden brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 1/3 c. mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large)
3 T. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour 8-inch baking pan. Stir chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in small bowl until well blended; set streusel aside.

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using mixer, beat sugar, room temperature butter, and egg in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and blend well.

Spread half of batter (about 2 cups) in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with half of streusel. Repeat with remaining batter and streusel. Bake coffee cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool coffee cake in pan on rack.


  1. This is my favorite cake ever! I made it for my birthday as a bundt cake (which is ON National Bundt Cake day), I've made it many times. I love streusel. I've posted it a number of times on my blog. (I love banana stuff!)
    I agree about the brown sugary top though and have a times just not put it all on.

  2. In looking over this recipe it us almost like my friends recipe for what she calls Crater Cake.

  3. This looks amazing!
    I'm going to try it this week! :)
    Maybe I'll 1/2 the topping? I love stuff like that.. just not over-kill!

    Thanks for answering me yesterday. It was fun to learn more about you!

  4. Looks great ! I have one question that has been on my mind though. With all the good food you cook how do you stay so thin and cute?

  5. Thanks, Mary, but I am not so thin and cute! I have been gaining way too much weight. I am just very picky about the photos I choose to put on my blog. :)


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