Coffee Cake For Frances

I’ve been making this coffee cake for more than twenty years so it feels like MY coffee cake but really it isn’t. It is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Cafe Beaujolais by Margaret Fox and John Bear (who eats there a lot), which is probably out of print now but cheap, used copies are around.

Note to Frances: I make it without nuts because some people I live with don’t care for them mixed in with other things but you can try it both ways and see for yourself. And as you probably noticed I also always bake mine in a round 8 or 9-inch cake pan.


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Breakfast for a chilly morning in August

Oatmeal with toasted walnuts, blueberries, and honey

 lamb breakfast sausage

toast and blueberry jam

and Creamy Scrambled Eggs:

5 tablespoons cream

12 eggs, well beaten

4 oz cream cheese

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 teaspoon Crazy Jane’s

Preheat oven to 325. Grease a baking dish. Combine ingredients milk and eggs. In a large frying pan melt butter and scramble the eggs over low heat keeping them very moist.

Gently fold in the other ingredients.

Turn mixture into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until very hot.

Serves eight.

I love that just before their big trip to visit their grandparents in Californie, Harriet and Elisa suddenly wanted to watch The Beverly Hillbillies again.

We sent them well prepared. This is for the girls.

The best thing about today was finally talking to H&E on the phone and getting an email from Elisa. 

                        ” I am in California and this morning we went blackberry picking and then we made finished pancake.  The plane was way too long we watched the Olympics on the tv on the plane. Last night we got here at 3 pm* your time. Harriet and  i woke up 8 NY time and played Rat a Tat Cat.”

* I think she meant 3 am.
Finnish Pancake
   (always finished)
2 eggs
2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sift sugar, flour, and salt. Blend with remaining ingredients. In a 350 degree oven place a deep pie dish with 3 tablespoons butter to warm. When bubbly, pour in  batter and sprinkle with 1-2 Tablespoons sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. It puffs up and turns golden brown on top. Cut into wedges and serve with berries and a dollop of sour cream.
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The second best thing about today was Fish Truck happiness. Billy and I shared a huge bowl of mussels with garlic and tomato for supper. Or maybe it is  that my friend Tom sold me a three-pound bag of garlic cloves today for planting this fall and the whole house smells amazing. 
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And the third best thing about today was my walk up the hill after supper.
 Now just sleep is on my schedule, at least for one night. Hope you are having a happy weekend.