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Whole Wheat Cranberry Sour Cream Coffeecake

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This moist, dense (but not heavy) coffeecake, aromatic with cinnamon and a buttery streusel topping, offers a thin layer of whole-berry cranberry sauce just below its surface. Add dried cranberries to the batter for a more assertively cranberry cake, if you like; but this version is pleasingly simple. And it's a tasty way to add healthy whole grains and fiber to your family's breakfast.

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Yield: 2 dozen 2" squares.
20 Min
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5 Tbsp
cold butter
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/8 tsp
2 tsp
ground cinnamon
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
white whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp
white whole wheat flour


1 c
whole berry cranberry sauce, stirred to break up any clumps


1/2 c
1 c
brown sugar
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
large eggs
1 c
sour cream, low-fat is fine, avoid nonfat
1/4 tsp
almond extract
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
2 c
white whole wheat flour

How to Make Whole Wheat Cranberry Sour Cream Coffeecake


  • 1Preheat the oven to 350°F Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.
  • 2To make the streusel:

    In a large bowl, beat together all of the streusel ingredients until even crumbs form.

    Scoop the mixture into a smaller bowl, and set it aside.
  • 3To make the batter:

    In the same bowl in which you've just made the streusel (you can use a different bowl if you want, but this saves on washing dishes), beat together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  • 4Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl and again beating until smooth.

    The mixture may look slightly curdled; thats OK.
  • 5Beat in the yogurt, extracts, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.

    The batter will be fairly stiff.
  • 6Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it to the edges.
  • 7Stir the cranberry sauce to break up any clumps, and spread it atop the cake.

    If you buy whole-berry cranberry sauce, you'll probably find yourself with a 14-ounce can, with only about 2/3 of it used for this recipe. Can you just go ahead and spread the rest onto the cake? Yes, but it may create more "hills and valleys" in the cake; the volume of sauce will become significant enough to sink down into the cake, rather than lie on the surface under the streusel. All good; your choice.
  • 8Sprinkle the streusel evenly atop the cake.
  • 9Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • 10Remove it from oven, and cool for 30 minutes before serving (or serve it hot from the oven, if you don't mind it crumbling a bit!).

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About Whole Wheat Cranberry Sour Cream Coffeecake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Low Sodium, Soy Free

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