Friday, June 27, 2014

Rhubarb-Lemon Coffee Cake

Coffee cake just got even more delicious!

It's rhubarb season!! This beautiful green and red stalk with a mix of sweet and bitter makes for delectable dishes, such as in pies, jams, sauces, and this coffee cake. This cake, a recipe by Taste of Home, is fantastic!! (I'm just gonna go ahead and say it's the best coffee cake I've ever had. Period.)

It was perfect for a mid-morning brunch on our porch, as we enjoyed the beautiful weather and time with family. Making it was also a breeze! Honestly, the most time consuming part was peeling and chopping the rhubarb nice and small (peeling it isn't necessary, but it will ensure the rhubarb becomes soft and tender as the cake bakes).

Variation Ideas: 
Don't have any rhubarb? No worries! The lemon coffee cake itself, even without the filling was so moist and wonderful! Plus, I'm sure it'd be great filled with lemon pie filling, or any fruit of your choice. Just layer it in where the rhubarb would go!

As another variation - using your favorite crumb topping (say, with oats or granola) would also be delicious! There are many ways you can make this delicious coffee cake your own!


Good News:
Wanna know the best part (besides the taste)? It's healthy! (What!?) I know, that "H" word really packs a lot in today's society - but it's true! I got this recipe from my healthy cookbook by Taste of Home. Now, that doesn't mean you should just devour the entire cake, (although that's what we did...) but you can rest easy knowing your serving is not loaded with a ton of fat and bad calories. (Phew!)




You. Need. To. Try. It! What more can I say?! Even the leftovers (if there are any, that is) stay wonderful - I definitely know I'll be making it again soon! (Maybe even in individual cupcake or mini-loaf pans, just for fun...)

I'm serious. You will love the refreshing lemon and sweet rhubarb flavor in every bite - it's like summer in cake form! And there's so many ways you can posh this! Mix up the filling, use an oat or granola topping, maybe sprinkle extra lemon zest on top, or whatever! Find the recipe here and make it yours.


With love (for food),
Ellen

 --A dash of posh can make all the difference in your next dish!--