I might as well say now, since it will become obvious shortly, I like to bake much more than I like to cook. This is no surprise, as I like dessert much more than I like main courses, always preferring brownies and cakes to meats and sauces.
I do make exception for very fresh, very hot-out-of-the-oven, crusty Italian bread, which can truly hold its own against any pastry, but, as bread is bakery, it’s really no deviation, so I suppose no surprise there, either.
A lot of people seem to frown upon this, my sugar love. I’ve heard many gourmets wax eloquent instead about a cheese or a particular vegetable.
I believe I heard one Top Chef contestant proclaim the virtues of a beet – so it’s with a little embarrassment I admit this freely: I have a sweet tooth.
A big one.
That’s probably why I’m especially partial to breakfast pastries, coffee cakes and doughnuts. I like a little sweets to start the day.
I like to call these delightful little crumb cakes “individual bites of WOW.”” They are small enough to minimize guilt (portion control is the only weapon I have left), and not-too-sweet enough to be paired well with your morning coffee.
The cake proper, the body that sits inside the muffin cup, is fairly average – a simple, basic cake.
What makes these creations good is the topping. Next time, I think I’ll make 50% more of the topping so I can really layer it on for effect.
A mix of butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour, the topping becomes a sweet, crystallized complement to the dough. It reminds me a little of toffee in parts—particularly the hardened bits I pulled off the pan and sampled right out of the oven.
Whether you’ve a sweet tooth or not, this breakfasty dessert is worth trying.
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna has a Masters in Writing through Depaul University. Her mantra? Restoring order and celebrating beauty through creative content, photography and food. Shanna's work has been featured in Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, MSN.com, Everyday Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz.com, Food News Journal, Food52, Zeit Magazine, Chew the World, Mom.me, Babble, Delish.com, Parade, Foodista, Entrepreneur and Ragan PR.