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Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping

Yield 9 servings


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve soda in buttermilk; stir well, and set aside.

  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt; stir well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Reserve 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour mixture for topping.

  3. Make a well in center of remaining flour mixture. Add buttermilk mixture; stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

  4. Spoon batter into a greased 8- inch square baking pan; sprinkle reserved flour mixture over batter. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and cut into squares.

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