Cardamom Orange Crumb Cake

Dorie, I am a huge fan of all baked treats and butter confections that you create. She is one of my all time favorite French pastry and cookie recipe developers. This crumb cake, it's been a Christmas tradition for me the past two years, which I end up eating most of due to my stronger sweet tooth to John's. More citrus zest friends! It's an amazing way to add flavor to baked goods, whether it's lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit! Invest in a nice microplane zester for easy zesting, and surprise the family with this more complex take on crumb cake. Serves 8.
½CUPall purpose flour
½CUPwalnuts, roughly chopped
CUPlight brown sugar
3TBSPNorange zest, 2 TBSPN set aside for cake
1 ½TSPNinstant coffee granules, 1 TSPN set aside for cake
2TSPNSground cardamom, 1 1/2 TSPN set aside for cake
4TBSPNSunsalted butter, cubed, and chilled
2CUPSall purpose flour
2TSPNSbaking powder
CUPgranulated sugar
1 ½TSPNSvanilla extract
1Xstick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
½CUPstrong brewed coffee or espresso, cooled

  1. Set the oven at 400 degrees with a rack centered in the middle. Butter and flour an 8-inch baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, prepare the crumb topping. Combine the 1/2 cup flour, walnuts, light brown sugar, orange zest, coffee granules, and cardamom. Using a fork or your fingers, press the chilled cubes of butter into the walnut mixture to make a coarse crumble. Do not overwork, but be sure to incorporate most of the butter pieces, then set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use. 
  3. For the cake, use a mixing bowl to combine the flour, baking powder, 1/2 TSPN salt, and the remaining cardamom and coffee granules, whisking to incorporate.
  4. In another small bowl, add the sugar and the remaining orange zest by rubbing the rind into the sugar until fully combined. Whisk this into the dry ingredients.
  5. Whisk the remaining ingredients, vanilla extract, melted butter, eggs, milk, and brewed coffee, in another mixing bowl.
  6. Using a spatula, gently fold the coffee mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined. 
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, then top with an even layer of the crumb topping, pressing gently into the batter. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack. Carefully slice the crumb cake in the pan for serving, which prevents losing most of the crumb when transfering to another dish.

Recipe Note: Feel free to swap in your favorite nut, spice, or citrus zest to alter the flavor profile depending on what you have on hand!

Recipe from Dorie Greenspan.

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