May 1, 2015

Lemon Crunch Coffee Cake

This sweet little coffee cake has been brought to you by Red Star Yeast, and I am happy to give you my honest opinions about the entire delicious process.

Lemon Crunch Coffee Cake is a lovely little buttermilk yeast cake topped with a lemon and almond streusel that gives a burst of sweet flavor and chewy crunch in every bite. 

This recipe is perfect with your morning or afternoon coffees and teas, and would be especially nice for a Mother's Day breakfast or brunch.



Lemon Crunch Coffee Cake

Cake:
1 and 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package (1/4 oz.) Red Star Yeast Active Dry Yeast 
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons shortening or coconut oil
1 egg

Topping:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 teaspoon lemon zest (I used 2 teaspoons, and additional for garnish)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted (if you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt)

1. Grease a 9" square cake pan. Set aside. In bowl of stand mixer, combine 1 and 1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Whisk to combine.

2. In microwave safe bowl, heat buttermilk, water, and shortening or coconut oil until warm (120 to 130 degrees; shortening or oil may not melt). Mix into flour mixture, and add egg. Beat 3 minutes on medium speed.


3. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough (I ended up using all but 2 tablespoons of the total flour, so 1 and 7/8 cups). Knead with dough hook on low until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. (This is still going to be a very soft dough; it's not going to look like a thick, springy bread dough). Cover; let rest 5 minutes.

4. In a medium bowl, combine all the topping ingredients except the butter, and combine. Pour melted butter over all and mix well. Set aside.

5. Press dough into prepared cake pan. Sprinkle topping evenly over dough. With the back of a greased spoon, make random indentations in dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, about 30 minutes. A few minutes before rise is complete, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until just golden brown. Do not overbake. Serve warm or room temperature. Store leftovers tightly covered. Serve sprinkled with additional lemon zest, if desired.

Recipe by Red Star Yeast

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32 comments:

  1. Joy this looks simply wonderful! I love lemon and I'd love to start my day with a piece of this and a cup of coffee!

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  2. Oh my yummy! I have never had a cake with yeast in it, but I will have to try this soon!

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  3. This looks like a great substantial type of snack. I was surprised to see yeast in the recipe. Interesting.

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  4. I love coffee cake, but never would have thought to add lemon to it. So, definitely need to try when I make again. Thanks Joy!! :)

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious Joy! Pinned and shared! Hope to see you on Saturday!

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  6. Joy that just looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hey Joy,

    I love your lemon coffee cake. Thank you for stopping by Pretty Pintastic Party. Pinned several times.

    Blessings,
    Diane

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  8. Wonderfull cake, seens delicious, greeting from Belgium

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  9. I love anything lemony -- It looks wonderful, Joy! :)

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  10. I love lemon treats, this coffee cake sounds delicious!

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  11. Oh my, this sounds like a delicious and refreshing treat! I have been craving lemon lately so I think maybe I should put this on my list of things to make this week :) So happy to have found your beautiful blog at The Art of Homemaking Mondays. Have a wonderful week!

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  12. I made really yummy lemon cupcakes last month and learned that my husband really loves lemon stuff! I can't wait to try this cake out on him!

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  13. That cake looks amazing-I love anything lemon. Glad I found you at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! Off to pin.....

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  14. That looks so lovely & how perfect for Mother's Day! Thank you so much for sharing with me for the Something to Talk About link party!
    Pinning!
    Karen

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  15. Would love a big slice of that gorgeous lemon crunch cake! It sounds delectable! Visiting from Moonlight and Mason Jars Linky Party. Definitely pinning and tweeting!

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  16. pinned... I so love this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try it..
    Thanks for linking up with us at wake up wednesday linky.

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  17. This cake looks and sounds delicious! =)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  18. This divine treat has me wishing I could have citrus fruit, oh my how I love anything with lemon! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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  19. Wow, this looks divine. The added touch of the rind is just simple perfection!

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  20. This cake sounds wonderful with the lemon and buttermilk! It would be the perfect addition to brunch! :)

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  21. I love anything lemon...this really looks good..

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  22. Yummy! This looks very similar to a cheesy lemon bar that I make. I'm sure they taste different, because not the same ingredients; but boy sure does look similar. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Hi Joy,
    Your Lemon Crunch Coffeecake will just be perfect with my morning coffee. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen

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  24. it sounds absolutely fantastic! I love coffee cakes, and lemon with an almond topping is so scrumptious. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites

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  25. Yum! I like how you used yeast and such a pretty topping for your coffee cake. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds!

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  26. I'm loving this! I'm always so impressed by your masterpieces. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Mother's Day! Lou Lou Girls

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  27. I love lemon! This sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up at The Handmade Hangout!

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  28. Like everyone else...I'm loving this coffee cake and want it now!! I have chosen this as my fav link from last week's Teach Me Tuesday party!! This will be featured this week :)

    Thanks so much for always linking up with us Joy!!

    Have an awesome week!!

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  29. Lemon crunch coffee cake looks delicious, love to try it, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

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  30. I love different coffee cakes. I have never had a lemon flavored so I'd be so interested in trying this recipe. It looks delicious. Thanks for linking up to Friday Favorites and hope to see you again this week! I have also pinned your post.

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  31. Hi Joy!! This looks wonderful ...as always your recipes are amazing!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned

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  32. This Lemon Crunch Coffee Cake is speaking to me right now! Pinning it to make it later! Thank you for sharing with this recipe!

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