Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Coffeecake Breakfast

It's housecleaning time at Linderhof. That move everything and work from basement to attic and from ceiling to floor, banishing all of the dust bunnies (mine were more like dust rabbits) and cobwebs. A room a day so that I stay sane and I love it when the house smells of polish and wax and vinegar!

But . . . . Husband Jim is definitely disrupted during this time -- sometimes shooed out of his "comfort zone" because I'm working on that room today!

And meals are easy meals -- ones that can simmer on stovetop or cook in the oven while I, like a madwoman, clean and clean and clean!

To make up for the easy meals, I'll cook special breakfast -- perhaps Dutch babies or a coffeecake -- it's easy for me and a special treat for Husband Jim!
The other day it was a favorite of ours -- orange cranberry coffeecake. With the Spode Blue Room mugs and plates and a pot of French pressed, it's a special breakfast and one that he can linger over with perhaps another cup of coffee and another piece of coffeecake.
A blue estate sale platter is one of my favorites. I use it often and it goes well with my Spode.
The coffeecake is easy because it starts with a mix and it is perfect for those holiday guests. But it's even better in January when those bags of cranberries are only 98 cents!


1 orange
1 (18 1/4 ounce) box Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
eggs and vegetable oil in quantities according to cake mix directions
12 ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. water

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with Pam.

Using a zester, scrap the orange peel to yield 1 T. of orange zest. Set aside. Then slice the orange in half and squeeze out as much juice as possible into a measuring cup. Discard any seeds that might have fallen into the measuring cup. Reserve 2 T. orange juice to be used later in the glaze.

Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box, using the fresh orange juice combined with enough water to equal the amount of water called for in the directions. Add the orange zest and mix well. Fold in half the cranberries. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cranberries over the top of the batter.

Combine the pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Combine the powdered sugar, the reserved 2 T. orange juice and the water. Beat until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the warm cake.

NOTE: Since it is just the two of us, I'll often use two 8 inch cake pans (either square or round). We'll have one for breakfast and one for the freezer for another day (or one for us and one for a gift!)

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh, my, Martha -- when you are done turning out Linderhof, I'll pay your airfare if you'll come and help me turn out That Old House! I noticed fine swags of dust here and there today ... oops.

Your breakfast table looks so scrumptious and inviting; lucky Jim. Does Oliver get a crumb or two?

Martha said...

Oliver ALWAYS gets crumbs or perhaps little bites!

On Crooked Creek said...

M~m~m. . .orange cranberry is one of my favorite breads. . .so, I copied your recipe. . .minus the cinnamon! I also have orange cranberry loose leaf tea to brew! Sounds like a weekend breakfast for me as I'm scheduled back to work tomorrow!
Like your idea to make one, freeze one! Thank you for such a lovely post.
P.S. One half of the lower level finished today! Ya~hoo!

Lottie said...

Oh, Martha, this coffee cake looks so delicious! Jim truly is a lucky man! Thank you for posting this recipe. My husband will love it!

From the Kitchen said...

My Oliver thinks that your Oliver is living the life of....well, Oliver! My Oliver is waiting for more crumb treats to fall his way. This coffee cake looks delicious and I just happen to have two more bags of cranberries in the freezer.

My birthday breakfast treat (prepared by my husband) was soft scrambled eggs, bacon and a toasted Wolfermann's English muffin with plum jam. Yummy!


william said...
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william said...

Martha, we're going to visit a friend in another town east of here tomorrow afternoon, and I know just what I'll take her. Thank you for this easy, fun idea. You are the best!


Unknown said...

That sounds so good! I love raisins in coffee cake, why not cranberries!

Shirley said...

That looks so good. Breakfast is my favorite meal! I don't know why I don't blog about it more!!!!

Southerncook said...

This recipe looks soooooo good. Thanks for sharing and your table is beautiful as it always is at Linderhof.


Alycia Nichols said...

That's funny...more like "dust rabbits." Hilarious! Well, I think that's OK to have dust rabbits because in the Chinese New Year this is the year of the rabbit. So you're cool! :-) Have a great week!

Entertaining Women said...

The blue Spode is always beautiful, and the coffeecake sounds delicious. I'm happy to hear that your illness is behind you, and you feel like doing a deep cleaning. That has to be such a treat to feel that much better. Thank you for the recipe and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Pondside said...

That looks so good!
What are Dutch babies - I mean the sort that aren't... well.. cute and chubby and grow up to learn to speak Dutch

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your dishes are beautiful and the coffee cake looks most wonderful!

Tricia said...

Your coffeecake sounds divine -- and looks gorgeous on your pretty blue and white plate! Lucky Jim, indeed!

Donnie said...

I'll just ignore the cleaning part and head straight for the coffee cake. What a lovely sounding recipe and Blue and White dishes are my absolute favorites. Great post.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I really like to have this kind of recipe on hand. It is a perfect way to start the day or make a tea more special. Have a wonderful day, Martha. Blessings...Mary

Erica (Irene) said...

martha.... This looks so good, I'm making this for sure. Thanks for sharing your lovely photo's.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Yummmmmmm.Thank you for the luscious sounding recipe! Time for my sil's Kaffee and Kuchen!

Sue said...

Oh, I love that Estate Plate. Leave it to me to notice the plate before the food...Not that the food does not look delicious and I would surely ask for a second piece please.
I am motivated by your diligence. After two days of top to bottom cleaning I burnt out. Back at it tomorrow now.

Marlis said...

Your table looks very inviting. Wow a room a day. That is awe inspiring. I will be trying your coffee cake this weekend. thanks for the recipe

Miss Char said...

Well you can't go wrong with Spode and a coffeecake. Thanks for sharing your table and recipe.