Grandma's Buttermilk Coffee Cake

"This is the best coffeecake I've ever had! So easy to make and always a hit. Not sure if it is really grandma's recipe or if she got it somewhere."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix flour, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and oil and mix on medium speed until well blended and feathery.
  • Remove 3/4 cup of this mixture and put in a smaller mixing bowl for the topping. Add walnuts and remainder of cinnamon to the contents of the smaller bowl for the topping, mix well and set aside for later.
  • To remaining mixture (not the topping) add baking soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk. Mix until smooth, this is the coffeecake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the cake batter and press lightly with fingers. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes.

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  1. diner524
    Delicious!!!! This gets 5 stars for the great results and taste!!! The only thing I would change with this recipe is the way it is written. I would write the ingredients in order as they are in the Directions. I would suggest that the Directions say to add the sugars, in #2. My topping mixture, from #2 of the directions, didn't get feathery, it was clumpy but well blended. Mine did take 30 mins+ to get completely done. The only changes I made was that I made my own buttermilk (1 tab. lemon juice with one cup milk) and used pecans. Thanks Busy Lindsay for a wonderful recipe. Made for Spring PAC 2008.
  2. JKBerney
    This is originally from Sunset Magazines Bread book. Circa 1960s. My sister made it frequently and I figured she had created it until she revealed the source..Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park CA. I hadn't made it in years and tried again today with disappointing results. Not the recipe's fault tho, we now live in Colorado at 6000+ ft. Obviously going to have to adjust for the higher altitude. We're not in the SF Bay Area anymore. Bummer.
  3. Margo59
    I made this for my DH to take to work, so I did not get to enjoy this. They all gave it 5 stars. I will make this again for sure.


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