Finals Week has been… well… agonizing. But if it were any other way, then I would severely question my work ethic. Thankfully, it is over now! I have officially survived my first quarter of college. Let’s hope I didn’t fail.
Because baking and exercising are my two favorite ways to de-stress, I did lots of both this past week. With a poorly-stocked dorm kitchen, there isn’t much I can bake, but I was resourceful and made this crumb cake.
My friend described it as, “one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.” It’s less crumb cake than a cross between underbaked cookies and crumb cake, but I’m not complaining! Here is the recipe… note that I didn’t use measuring cups while making this, and the entire thing was baked in a saucepan. I told you it was a poorly-stocked dorm kitchen.
Finals Week Crumb Cake
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened and divided
- 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a small saucepan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, and egg. Stir, then add the half and half and flour and stir until well-blended. If the batter looks more like cookie dough, add more half-and-half in 1/4 cup increments until the batter resembles thick muffin batter.
- Spread the batter into the saucepan, then in the same bowl (don’t wash it yet!), make the crumb topping by combining the remaining 1/2 stick of butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, and cinnamon to form a crumbly mixture.
- Sprinkle topping atop the batter, then bake for 15 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden brown.
- Eat straight out of the pan using plastic forks with your best friends. This step is optional, but it’s how I did it.
I swear Ive been eating healthier foods this week, too!
Clementines are finally in season!
Egg and cheese sandwich on whole grain bread from Panera. I almost died and went to heaven- this was delicious!
Venti chai tea + splash of skim milk. I bought a banana, too, but I think they forgot to charge me for it. I still feel guilty about it… remind me to put some $$ in the tip jar next time I go to Starbucks!
Tomato basil soup from Whole
Paycheck Foods. I had a gift card, and if I didn’t then I would never fathom paying $6 for soup. But it was really, really, good.
My dad dropped off a box of brownies and cookie bars from my favorite bakery. I said healthy foods, and this was healthy for the soul.
I may or may not have eaten one for breakfast the past 2 days.
Math! Oh no!
I’m going home today for Winter break. As much as I’ll miss all my friends (a lot! a lot!), it will be nice to be home and cook food using real ingredients and drive my car and shower without shoes on.
I’m off to my last dining hall lunch for 3 weeks! YES.