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Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Source: Healthy Oven Baking Book, The
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  50 Minutes
  Makes 9 servings
This is quick enough to make for the family on the spur of the moment, and elegant enough for a company brunch. Its nutty flavor doesn't come from nuts themselves, but from nutlike cereal nuggets (Grape-Nuts), sprinkled on top to add fiber but hardly any fat. If your family loves spice as much as mine, double the topping mixture.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
Nonstick canola oil spray
For Cake:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (spoon into measuring cup and level top)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large egg
For Topping:
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons Grape-Nuts cereal
DIRECTIONS
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a nonstick 8-inch square baking pan with oil.


TO MAKE CAKE: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Set aside.


In another medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set at high speed, beat the sugar, milk, water, oil, and egg until frothy, about 2 minutes. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the mixture. Using a spoon, stir just until combined (the batter will be a little lumpy, but that's okay). Do not overmix. Turn into the prepared pan.


TO MAKE TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, and cinnamon. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto the batter. Swirl a knife back and forth through the batter. Sprinkle the Grape-Nuts over the top.


Bake until the top of the cake sprigs back when gently touched in the center and the sides pull away from the pan, 30 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool in the pan on a wire cake rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm, or cool completely in the pan on a wire cake rack.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 9 servings
Calories: 183
Fat. Total: 4g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 34g
Sodium: 161mg
% Cal. from Fat: 20%
Cholesterol: 24mg
Protein: 4g
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