It's always fun cooking with a friend, isn't it? I like to think that all the guest posters that come on this blog are coming over to my kitchen. We're all just hanging out and cooking up some good food. And it is especially heart warming when a friend brings a recipe that has been passed down to them. It makes it even more special that they are sharing such a treasured meal.
And that's exactly what Meghan from Scratch-Made Wife is doing today.
She is sharing a favorite recipe from her Momma's collection.
|(How cute is she? Whipping it up and drinking some wine! Now that's a good way to relax!)|
Meghan is a newlywed. She's married to a great guy who is more than happy to be her guinea pig (even if that means he must be force-feed veggies, including okra!). She is also the momma to two dogs and she loves living in the mountains. She is a self-admitted kitchen mess maker (girl after my own heart!). Meghan says she is learning to cook as she goes and she loves sharing her kitchen adventures even if they don't turn out as planned...
I hope y'all will give a warm country welcome to Meghan!
My momma's known for being a domestic goddess. She'd probably be embarrassed to know I just referred to her as that, but it's true. She sews, bakes, cans, crafts - and it's all amazing. Everyone looks forward to her Christmas goodie bags, filled with jam, cookies, truffles and English muffin bread. I tell you, I really hope coming from her gene pool will help me be like her when I grow up.
Till that happens, though, I can only pretend. And one way I like to pretend I'm just like my momma already is to make her buttermilk coffeecake. I always make it when my father-in-law comes to visit because he loves it so much. Knowing that he loves it (and I think secretly expects it on his visits now), I figured it'd be a hit with the husband's co-workers. They all had to work one recent Saturday morning and I thought having to work on Saturday, after you've already worked Monday through Friday, deserved a coffeecake.
However, I didn't have buttermilk in the house, which is why I had to make mine with a slight twist. (I made mine with about 3/4 cup skim milk and 3/4 tablespoon white vinegar to make buttermilk.) And since I sent it straight from the oven to the quarry, I didn't get to actually try the coffeecake myself. I'm not sure if the one I made last was as good as my momma's usual, but the husband came home saying: "Everyone loved it. They want to know why I don't weigh 5,000 pounds with you cooking like that."
Little do his co-workers know, my momma rarely makes English muffin bread for her own family members, and she never has extra truffles in the fridge at Christmas. She saves all of her special treats to give as gifts - just as I do with most of my baked goods. I guess maybe I'm more like her than I thought.
Momma's Jam-Swirl Buttermilk Coffeecake
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup salted butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup strawberry preserves (or any flavor you prefer, really)
Spray a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
In a small bowl, combine the egg and buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredient mixture and pour in the egg mixture. Stir until everything is moistened.
Spread the batter in the prepared pie pan. Drop the preserves onto the batter, leaving a 1-1/2 border.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If you notice the edges are getting too brown, just cover the edges with some aluminum foil. Cool on a wire rack.
Thank you so much to Meghan for sharing such a special family recipe. I have some jam that I canned this summer that would go perfect with this!
I hope you'll take a moment to visit Meghan over on her blog.
I know she would love to have you over!
I know she would love to have you over!