Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: coffee cake
Closely adapted from Lou Seibert Pappas
  • For the streusel:
  • 2 T cold, unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 T AP flour
  • 2 T white whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 t Ceylon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (4 oz) pecans, chopped
  • For the cake:
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ¼ t fine sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (Pappas says you can also use low fat yogurt)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (I recommend only using fresh in season), do not thaw if frozen
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with an oil/flour combo, such as Baker's Joy. Set aside.
  2. First make the streusel: whisk together the flours, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Using your hands, rub the butter into the flour mixture. Add the pecans and continue to mix with your hands until it is a crumbly mixture, the butter pieces no larger than the size of a pea. Set aside.
  3. For the cake, begin by whisking together the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using a whisk or hand mixer, mix together the oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk in 3 and 2 alternating increments, respectively, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until smooth.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Scatter the blueberries over the batter (adding them this way will prevent the berries from sinking too much). Sprinkle the streusel topping over the top of the batter.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cake is golden brown, the cake pulls away from the edge of the pan, and a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan. Let cool completely.
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