Monday, July 10


crumb coffee cake.
crumbly, buttery, soft, sweet coffee-style cake.
...for breakfast.
....with tea.
.....because we're like that.
that's a thing.
y'know why?
because streusel is expert,
and all the experts love it.
i just so happen to turn my streus' levels up to eleven,
and that really brings the whole thing to a higher plane of deliciousness.
no jokes.
so, while my sweet children were still sleeping,
i was baking up a little special breakfast treat for their lazy-A* selves.
i'm on that dad business.
i'm on that bakery business.
i'm on that breakfast business.
and you KNOW i'm on that streusel business.
coffee cake is what we needed, even if they didn't know it yet.
i mean, i knew it, and i did it,
and they woke up to fresh-baked still-warm cinnamon oatmeal coconutty new hottness.
check the teleport:

with fresh peaches, and vegan whippy cream?!?!
that's that new-new,
and it's some kind of wonderful, for sure.
there's freshly milled coarse oat flour in there.
and the same style of unsweetened coconut, too.
with cinnamon and vegan sour cream for days,
it has the texture and the flavor and the essence
of that old-timey afternoon at nana's experience,
but with more thought and intention towards positivity.
being vegan has even more PMA than a visit with your grandmother.
that's the truth.
here's how you too can bake up a big batch of this cinnamon coconut comfort:
preheat your oven to 365℉.
in a medium bowl, cream together:
1 stick (8T) earth blance or equivalent plant-based butter;
1/2 tsp salt;
1 tsp vanilla;
3 T vegan creamchee' (tofutti is the flagship of these)
>1 cup organic sugar.
once thoroughly mooshed and mashed into one messy mass,
add the first of the vegan sour cream.
that's 2 T tofutti (preferably) sour cream, whisked in.
then add:
1 1/2 cup flour;
1 tsp bakey soda;
2 tsp bakey kapowder;
1 cup coarse oat flour fresh from your spice-grinder;
1/3 cup coarse coconut meal, from unsweetened flakes;
1 cup MORE vegan sour cream;
1/4 cup non-dairy milk.
^stir it all up, until it's a big thick fat, very nearly a dough, even.
add that to a greased  and floured pan (i used a 9" square,
but you can, and should, use whatever form gives you the feels)
now, you've gotta add the streusel.
rules is rules,
and coffeecake ain't sh!t if there ain't no streuz!!
4 T vegan butts;
4 T oat flour;
5 T powdered sugar;
cinnamon and ginger;
1/4 tsp vanilla;
4 T old-fashioned rolled oats;
4 T unsweetened medium flake coconut;
crush crush crush all that together with a fork or pastry cutter,
until it's all crOmbly,
and drop those crOmbs all over the tippity top of your batter, neighbors.
that's easy enough, right?
then, bake all of it for about 35 minutes or so,
and get ready....
your nose will let you know that amazingness is underway
before you ever even see the golden shine of that buttery big business.
and then,
when it got all activated with the juiciest peaches,
and beautified by color-match daylilies from the garden,
plus, upgraded with a creamy whip-up of vegan wizard swirly cream?!?!
that's the stuff.
and it was still warm!!
we get busy in this kitchen.
we get fresh on a downtown walk at night.
we get up early, and we stay up late...
and by we, i mean crabtree and i,
not harvest and maple.
they don't get into, nor do they go after it like their dear ol' dad does.
then again, when i was their age,
i was twentyhundredthousandteen times more of a F*ing A*-hole.
like, more than i think they'll ever be capable of being.
and who knows- maybe that's due to those few extra hours of zzz's they're getting.
could be.
at any rate,
we have been spanning time as best we can.
and we all have our roles to play.
these days, it seems like we are determined, and destined, to get along with each other
in the limited and exclusive time we have as a family.
i know i am grateful for it,
although i already feel the pangs form their impending absence.
too much is the right amount,
and when it comes to our small spheres of overlapping family togetherness,
there's only not-enough-to-go-around available at any given time.
if this is all we get,
then we've gotta get as much out of it as we can squeeze.
it's all really happening,
it's just up to us to make it great;
never quiet, never soft.....

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