Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

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~ Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake ~

For the past few days I’ve been reaching around a big container of cranberry sauce sitting in my refrigerator – a left over from our Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve pointedly ignored it until yesterday, when I realized I needed to take action, either by freezing it or repurposing it. I am done with turkey for the moment, so the thought of freezing sauce for another round of dolloping over a roasted bird was not terribly enticing. Baking, however, was something I could get excited about. It’s been raining cats and dogs lately, and the holiday season is before us, so something warm, spiced and sweet, wafting fragrant aromas from the oven into the kitchen would be perfect.

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Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Use a whole cranberry sauce (not gelee) for this recipe – preferably homemade. A recipe for a quick and easy sauce is included at the bottom of this post. Serves 12.

Streusel:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cubed

Cake:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups whole cranberry sauce

For the streusel:
Combine all of the ingredients except the butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to blend. Add butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside while you prepare the cake.

For the cake:
Heat oven to 350 F. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Beat sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the zest, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add to the butter and sugar in 3 batches, alternating with the yogurt and finishing with the flour. Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Spoon the cranberry sauce evenly over the batter. Spread the remaining batter over the cranberry sauce (it will be sticky). Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the cake. Bake in oven until knife inserted in center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool on rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. The flavors will develop as the cake cools.

For the cranberry sauce:
Place 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon orange zest and a pinch of salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

More cake? You might like these recipes:
Chocolate Stout Pound Cake with Whiskey Cream from TasteFood
Spiced Persimmon Cake from Andrea Meyers
Ginger Pear Streusel Cake from TasteFood
Buttermilk Spice Cake with Pear Compote from Phoo-d
Fig and Raspberry Upside-Down Cake from TasteFood
Russian Apple Spice Cake from Sassy Radish

13 responses to “Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

  1. Divine! What a luscious filling.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Perfect use for leftover cranberry sauce – unfortunately, this year we haven’t made any, and I missed having it at TXG, so I might make a little batch to enjoy with letover turkey (frozen and waiting… :-)

  3. LOVE this. I’ve been thinking of repurposing them into a snack bar kind of thing, so we’re totally on the same page :-). Love, love, love this.

  4. I love this idea. I am going to try it this weekend. I have some cranberry pomegranate sauce made. I bet it would work. We will see. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. What a pretty dessert! Good job repurposing ;)

  6. Ok, given that our Thanksgiving was a long way back, I would make a fresh batch just to have this cake. What an excellent idea.. I can almost smell it here.. all those spices.. yummm!xx

  7. I am making my annual stash of cranberry sauce this weekend and will be sure to leave enough for your Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake. What a beguiling fall treat!

  8. This looks so good. Perfect for a morning treat!

  9. Now that is just really darn pretty.

  10. Wow, this looks fantastic! I would love some of this right now!

  11. Pingback: Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe | Clever Cake Blog

  12. It must be amazing with the juice from cranberries.

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