Monday, January 2, 2012

Easy Platz (Coffee Cake)

Every week we bring in a breakfast food for my husband's College and Career Sunday School Class.  Most of the time we bring in something homemade, so I am constantly looking for new recipes.  This is a recipe I found (on my trusty site, a couple years ago -- it's simple, light and smells wonderful coming out of the oven!  I was recently asked for the recipe, and thought I'd share it on the blog too.

Platz is apparently coffee cake with fruit and crumbs (per my search online).  One of my definition options lead me to this blog, Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  I really enjoyed looking through their blog.  I will definitely be trying some new recipes!  For their version of Platz, click here.  Their crumb topping is slightly different than this recipe.

Easy Platz

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar*
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup margarine (I like using butter)
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 cup blackberries, raspberry or blueberries

*can be decreased by 1/4 to 1/2 cup

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.  (I use a 9x13 jelly roll pan.  The key is to keep the dough about 1/2" thick.  From the reviews, it looks like the original recipe is incorrect.)

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 3/4 cup of crumb mixture, to be used as a topping for the cake. Mix eggs and milk together and then blend into remaining mixture in bowl.

3. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle blackberries evenly over the top. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over fruit.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

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