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Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake
Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake
Are you ready to make the most insane, over-the-top coffee cake in the history of ever? We're talking a super thick layer of streusel sitting boldy atop a sour cream cake swirled with a spiced cocoa and walnut mixture and dotted with chocolate bits. You'll have no less than 5 dirty bowls staring you in the face once you slide the pan in the oven, but every single one is worth it.

I recommend having a pot of coffee and a gallon of milk nearby when you're ready to eat. Because not only is it over-the-top in thick streusel, tempting swirls, and the amount of dirty dishes it makes—it's also incredibly rich and decadent. It needs a beverage to hold its hand.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake
I also recommend you share. There's a shit-ton (actual measure) of butter and sugar here. It's definitely not something you want to eat every day, or even every month. Save it for special occasion, like overnight guests or holiday brunches.

Make it when—and only when—you're prepared to cut yourself a big slice before waving goodbye to the rest. A potluck brunch is the perfect occasion.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake
Or, if you just can't find anybody to share it with right now, wait until it's cool, cut it in half, then wrap one half tightly in plastic wrap and slide it into a freezer bag. Freeze until you need it (just remove and thaw on the counter a few hours before you need it).

If you're a coffee cake fan (and really, who isn't a fan of legitimately eating cake for breakfast), you might also want to check out this yogurt plum coffee cake, this cream cheese and almond coffee cake, or this nut roll coffee cake. I'd love to get links to your favorite coffee cake recipes or suggestions in the comment section below!

yield: 1 (9"x13") panprint recipe
Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 15 mins
A moist sour cream coffee cake with a spiced cocoa walnut layer running through it, and an extra thick crumb streusel perched on top.

INGREDIENTS:

for the streusel:
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at soft room temperature
for the filling:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
for the cake:
  • 6 ounces (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at soft room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • heaping 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9"x13" baking pan, then line it with a long sheet of parchment paper (for easy removal later); grease the paper and then lightly flour all exposed surfaces.
make the streusel topping:
  1. Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined. Cut the butter into small bits, add to bowl, and use your fingers to mix and rub it in until you have moist, pebble-sized balls. Set aside.
make the filling:
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.
make the batter:
  1. Use a mixer (stand or hand) to beat the butter and sugars together in a large bowl until they are well-combined, 3-4 minutes. Beat in the vanilla bean paste and one egg at a time until light and fluffy.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl. Whisk the milk and sour cream together in another small bowl.
  3. Beat the dry mixture into the large bowl in thirds, alternating with the wet mixture, until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips or bits.
put everything together:
  1. Scoop half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it out. Scatter the filling evenly over the batter. Add the remaining batter on top of the filling in dollops, then use a rubber spatula to gently spread it over the filling. Run a skewer, chopstick, or small thin knife through the batter a few times to swirl the filling a bit (it might show after baking, it might not - go for it anyway).
  2. Scatter the streusel over the top of the whole thing (there's a lot - it's an "extra crumb" cake).
  3. Slide the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 60 minutes, or until the streusel is golden and the cake is cooked through (a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center should come out clean).
  4. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before cutting (you can use the parchment paper "handles" to lift it from the pan at this point, if you like). Store completely cooled cake wrapped, at cool room temperature, for up to 5 days.
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