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Article posted: 5/22/2012 6:01 AM

Streusel-Woven Chocolate Coffeecake

Pam McKechnie bakes a chocolate streusel-swirled chocolate coffee cake in her Lisle kitchen.

Pam McKechnie bakes a chocolate streusel-swirled chocolate coffee cake in her Lisle kitchen.

 

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

 Pam McKechnie likes baking, if the recipe calls for chocolate, she likes it even more.

Pam McKechnie likes baking, if the recipe calls for chocolate, she likes it even more.

 

photos by Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

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Streusel

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

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1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened

cup packed light brown sugar

cup finely chopped pecans

cup (about 3 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces

Cake

1 cups all-purpose flour

cup (scant) unsweetened cocoa powder

teaspoon baking powder

teaspoon baking soda

teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 cup superfine sugar (see note)

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

cup milk or buttermilk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.

For the streusel: Blend the flour and cinnamon with a fork. Then mash in the butter using a pair of butter knives or a pastry cutter until fine pea-shaped consistency. Work the sugar in with your fingers. Mix in the nuts and chocolate.

For the cake: Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; set aside.

With an electric mixer on low, beat the butter 1 minute, or until light. Slowly add in the sugar about 2 tablespoons at a time. Continue beating on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Add eggs one at a time beating for 10 seconds between additions. Add vanilla and beat 1 minute.

In a medium bowl, blend the sour cream and buttermilk. With a large spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the batter in three additions, alternating with the sour cream in two of the additions. Beat the batter for 1 minute or until smooth.

Spread half the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle it with half the streusel. Spread the remaining batter over the streusel and sprinkle top with remaining streusel. Bake 45-60 minutes until tester comes out dry. Cool cake to room temperature to serve.

Serves nine.

Cook's notes: To make superfine sugar, blend granulated sugar in a food processor until it's superfine. If you don't have a 9-inch square pan, you can improvise in a 9-by-13-inch pan by fashioning a folded piece of aluminum foil to divide pan at 9-inches.

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