Hello friends– There’s a reason I love coffee cakes– They’re easy and homey and always good with mugs of tea (or possibly coffee, being “coffee cake”!!) This one has a lot to recommend it– a pronounced citrusy flavor, tiny bits of sweet chocolate, and that crumbly, nutty streusel over the top. Yogurt makes it moist. It’s pretty darn good!
ORANGE CHOCOLATE STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 cup walnuts (or pecans), chopped
3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups unflavored yogurt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
grated peel of one orange
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup mini chocolate chips*
To make the streusel, stir together the brown sugar and 1/2 cup flour. Then cut in the butter with a pastry blender (or use a food processor if you don’t mind cleaning it all up!) until it’s like coarse sand. Mix in the walnuts and set it aside.
For the cake, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then mix in the oil, eggs, yogurt and vanilla. Finally blend in the orange peel, orange juice and chocolate chips.
Spoon the batter into a 9″x13″ baking dish (or I used an 11″ spring form pan) that has been sprayed with cooking spray. The sprinkle the streusel over the top.
Pop it into the oven at 35o degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until it is firm to the touch.