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August 1st, 2005

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Great-Grandmother Larsen's Coffee Cake
(From Parnelli's Recipe Box)
By Steven H. McGarthwaite

Great-Grandmother Larsen, was born in Denmark, in the year 1859. She married Great-Grandfather Larsen (born in 1861), sometime in the late 1870's, they immigrated to the United States. They arrived in New York City, and took a packet steamer up the Hudson River to Albany, New York. There they boarded a packet barge to travel to Buffalo, New York via the Eire Canal. Then they boarded a Great Lakes steamer, that was heading to Sault Saint Marie, where they had to disembark to board another Great Lakes steamer heading for Duluth, Minnesota. At that time there were no locks and the rapids on the Saint Mary's River (connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron), blocking any direct shipping to and from Lake Superior.

Great Grandfather Larsen worked in the lumber camps during the winter months and farmed during the summer months. They and their children, survived the "Great Hinckley Fire," of September 1st, 1894.

When all the virgin White Pine had been cut down in the great forests, they moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Great Grandfather Larsen died in 1917, Great Grandmother Larsen died in 1936.

This is a delicious coffee cake, and quick and easy to make. I have enjoyed eating Great Grandmother Larsen's Coffee Cake, for 56 years... now you can too!

Ingredients: Double Recipe (Single Recipe)

Cake Batter.

2 Cups, Flour. (1 Cup)

3/4 Cup, Sugar (1/4 + 2 Tablespoons)

1/4 Teaspoon ,Ground Nutmeg (1/8 Teaspoon)

1/4 Teaspoon, Cinnamon. (1/8 Teaspoon)

1 Teaspoon, Salt. (1/2 Teaspoon)

4 Teaspoon, Baking Powder. (2 Teaspoons)

2 Eggs, unbeaten. (1 egg)

1/4 Cup, Butter (soft). (2 Tablespoons)

1 Cup, Whole Milk. (1/2 Cup)

Directions for Cake Batter

  • Sift all dry ingredients together.

  • Work Butter into the mixture, like doing pie crust (rubbing flour and butter, between your palms).

  • Add Eggs, and Milk to mixture, stirring by hand until smooth.

  • Pour into two 8 inch square pans or 9 inch round pans. Single Recipe just one pan. Inside of the pans need to be greased and floured, before pouring batter.

    Topping for Cake

    1 Cup, Brown Sugar, dark. (1/2 Cup)

    1/2 Cup, Chopped Walnuts. (1/4 Cup)

    4 Tablespoons, Flour. (2 Tablespoons)

    1/2 Teaspoon, Cinnamon. (1/4 Teaspoon)

    1/8 Teaspoon, Salt. (Pinch)

    1/4 Cup, Butter (melted). (2 Tablespoons)

    Directions for Topping for Cake

  • Add all dry ingredients together in a bowl.

  • Add melted butter, to mixture, blending with a fork.

  • Loosely sprinkle Topping over top of batter in the pans (pan).

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, in a pre-heated oven, at 350 degrees F.

    Best served warm, but great warm or cold. Grandfather Henry Washington Albert who married Grandmother Alma (nee: Larsen) Albert, would eat two of his Mother-in-Law's coffee cakes at one sitting...they are that good! ~ Parnelli

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