By Evelyn S. Bunoan
This coffeecake is different from a regular cake in that it does not need to be frosted and decorated. For those early-morning weekend coffee or tea lovers, simply indulge your taste buds in this excellent cake while reading your newspaper.
Baking low fat cake is part of my weekend routine; after cooling and cutting the cake into squares, I let the whole family enjoy the aroma and flirty taste. Oftentimes, I serve this kind of cake to my guests during siesta. I also give it as a gift to relatives and friends.
Make 24 squares
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
½ cup Promise buttery spread (or softened butter)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 cup finely chopped ripe peach
2 tbsp. Promise buttery spread
½ cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
To make the topping, combine the buttery spread, sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl until blended. Set aside while making the cake batter.
Needed: 1 baking pan (9×13 inches), greased and slightly floured
Methods (by hand or electric mixer):
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
Cream together the buttery spread and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the egg, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Add the dry ingredients (flour mixture), one-third portion at a time alternately with buttermilk, then add the cinnamon and vanilla. Slightly dust some flour over the chopped peaches before stirring them onto the batter until evenly distributed. Pour batter into the pan. Sprinkle the topping over the batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool the cake on a rack for at least half hour before serving with coffee or tea.
The following tip was given to me by a customer and friend, Tom Dooley, who is also a professional house painter.
This environmentally friendly mixture is ideal for outside house cleaning. Start with an empty 5-gallon pail. Fill with 4 gallons water. Add 3 quarts bleach and 1 quart Jomax (mildew killer concentrate) and stir thoroughly. Use a garden sprayer for the ensuing battle. Then watch the grey and black molds disappear. Good for vinyl and aluminum sidings, windows and gutters. Works well on wood also.
Editors note: Mrs. Evelyn S. Bunoan is Owner/Master Chef, Philippine Oriental Market & Deli (with more than 30 years of service to the Filipino-American community) – 3610 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia; (703)528-0300; Master Chef (French cuisine), Le Cordon Bleu, London, UK; recipe creator, improviser, food stylist, cake designer, and culinary writer; kitchen-tested and mastered more than 400 recipes, and counting. Member of International Cake Exploration Societé. Host of the cooking show “Evelyns Kitchen Cooking with Friends”.