In my opinion, the Amish Blueberry Coffee Cake is the best companion of coffee which is why it got its name.
At a glance, you might think coffee will not surely be missing from its ingredient list!
No, no, it's just a popular, sweet, and delicious accompaniment that you can have with coffee or even tea just in case you aren't a coffee person.
The Amish blueberry coffee cake is packed with fresh blueberries in a soft delicious cake and topped with crunchy cinnamon topping.
The combination of flavors from all the ingredients makes an amazing cake that leaves you craving more.
July has come with the blueberry season! The bushes are painted blue with clusters of berries ready to be picked.
It is great to live in an Amish community that has many orchards. No matter how many blueberries are picked for sale in the Amish farmers Market, a lot is left for us to glean when we visit the orchards.
It is therefore the best season to make delicious dishes with an abundance of fruit! Fresh Blueberries are the best for making delicious coffee cake.
They are firm and fleshy and will not turn your cake batter into an unpleasant purple grayish color.
Berry picking is one of our outdoor family fun activities that we enjoy every July.
My children love to run along the orchard rows and compete to see who picks the most fruit clusters. The winner decides on the blueberry recipe we shall make. Apart from my favorite banana blueberry smoothie, I always long for the Amish blueberry coffee cake to win the competition.
According to www.healthline.com blueberries possess several health benefits:
- Rich in antioxidants
- High in fiber
- Blueberries contain no cholesterol, very good for heart health.
The Coffee Cake Batter
The Amish Blueberry coffee cake is made of a special cake batter. It is made of eggs, butter, flour, and essence.
The amount of each ingredient makes the texture of the cake very unique. The cake batter is thicker compared to other cake batter.
The soft and light cake perfectly blends with the juicy blueberries. It takes a short time to combine the ingredients, you don’t have to be a pro baker.
However, it will be great to read the pro tips.
The Crunchy Streusel Topping
This coffee cake isn’t complete without this uniquely flavored and textured topping.
It is very simple to make and uses readily available ingredients. You will only need some flour, sugar, and cold butter.
A little spice such as cinnamon or nutmeg will elevate the topping to another level.
I love the color contrast the topping adds to the blueberry cake, a very attractive and inviting golden brown.
How to Make the Amish Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Preheat the oven to 150 C or 300 F
- Streusel topping
- Combine the flour, butter, cinnamon, and sugar with a fork or your fingers and set aside
- Whisk all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl until fully combined.
- Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl of a stand mixer or use an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Sift the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Use a wooden spoon to mix.
- Fold in the blueberries and pour into a baking pan and sprinkle the streusel topping on top of the Amish blueberry coffee cake.
- Bake the coffee cake for 35 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check readiness.
To make this exquisite coffee cake you will need the following equipment:
A stand mixer or handheld electric mixer will help in creaming the butter and sugar. This step makes the cake more airy and light.
A rubber spatula is essential in any baking project, it cleans the bowl effectively.
A wooden spoon folds the blueberries into the cake butter.
Mixing bowls are needed for mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately.
Rectangular or square baking tins are ideal for making coffee cakes. This enables you to make neat slices during serving but feel free to use the baking of your choice.
Traditionally most coffee cakes are baked in rectangular or square-shaped tins.
Parchment paper is used to line the baking tin, this keeps the cake from sticking onto your pan, however, you can still grease your pan or use cooking spray.
I love Amish recipes, they call for ingredients that are easy to find in your pantry at any given time.
You could scroll down to the recipe but it helps a great to know your ingredients in detail and their substitutions too ..what do you think ?
All-purpose flour is perfectly alright and can be substituted with cake flour if that is what you have in hand.
The flour is used to make the cake as well as the streusel topping.
Blueberries give the cake its name! These berries have a sweet fruity flavor with a slight tartness.
Fresh berries are the best for making the cake. However, you can use frozen blueberries just before they thaw.
Thawed blueberries will turn the cake batter into an unpleasant grayish hue. Any other type of berry will work as well but there is something special about blueberries and this Amish coffee cake.
Sugar sweetens the batter, complementing the tartness of the blueberries.
If you are counting calories, you can reduce the sugar or sweeteners with fewer calories such as honey or stevia powder.
Butter adds moisture to the cake batter. Butter is rich in flavor, giving the Amish Blueberry coffee cake a rich taste.
You can substitute butter with a vegetable oil such as Canola oil or coconut oil. Cream cheese is commonly used for making this cake in Amish Communities too.
Eggs enrich the cake batter as they are rich in proteins. When beaten, they increase in volume making the coffee cake airy and light.
There are substitutes such as flax seed paste but I have never tried baking using flax seed paste.
Baking powder is the chemical leavening agent in the recipe. It reacts with ingredients in the cake batter releasing carbon dioxide.
This gas makes the cake rise and enhances its texture too.
A pinch of salt makes the other ingredients ‘stand out’.
Well, I was about to say that this is an optional ingredient. No not for me, as long as I have some fresh Meyers in the pantry.
The tangy lemon zest makes the cake extremely delightful by complimenting the sugar and the sweet blueberries.
Measure ingredients accurately
Excess ingredients will affect your baking results, especially flour. Your coffee cake will be dry and crumbly.
When you scoop the flour from the container, remove the excess flour by leveling it with a bread knife.
Do not over-mix the cake batter
I can never over-emphasize this point, after making many rubbery and touch cakes, I learned my lesson.
So I have to write it in all my recipes lol. Do not over-mix the cake batter. The only time you can mix a little longer is when creaming the sugar, butter, and eggs. Once you incorporate flour resist the urge of overmixing.
Over-mixing activates the gluten in the wheat making your cake rubbery and chewy, a property we only desire for yeast breads.
FAQ AMISH BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
Should my Amish Coffee Cake batter have a thick consistency?
Yes, this cake has a very thick consistency, you will need to spread it using a rubber spatula on the baking tin.
Can I use any type of berries?
Yes, of course. Raspberries strawberries, blackberries, cranberries name it … can be used instead of blueberries.
Most berries combine the sweet and tart flavors making them perfect for a coffee cake.
Devour a piece of this decadent Amish Blueberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Treat your guests to this berry-packed delicious cake.
Amish Blueberry Coffee Cake
- ½ cup Cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp Cold butter
- ¼ cup cup sugar
- 2 cups All purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Cup Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Lemon zest
- 2 cups Blueberry
- Preheat your oven to 150F, grease your baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl make the streusel topping by mixing flour, cinnamon, sugar, and cold butter with a fork until a mixture that resembles coarse sand is formed.
- In a separate mixing bowl whisk flour, salt, and baking powder until thoroughly combined.
- In a bowl of the stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy and light. Add one egg at a time and continue beating at high speed until the ingredients are fully combined.
- Sift the mixture of dry ingredients into the creamy mixture, and fold in the flour using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Mix until fully combined, stop as soon as all the flour is incorporated.
- Fold in the blueberries until the fruits are evenly distributed. Pour the cake into the greased pan.
- Bake the Amish Coffee Cake for 30 to 35 minutes. To check readiness insert your toothpick at the center of the cake, it should come out clean but with some little blueberry jam … that's alright.