When I was young, I didn't have cable so I only watched a handful of shows. I would watch reruns of Family Matters, The Full House, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on a daily basis and never get sick of it. There is one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in which Geoffrey, the butler, drinks eggnog for the entire show. He drinks glass after glass as if his life depended on it, while thoroughly enjoying every gulp (mostly because of the alcohol, I'm sure). As silly as it sounds, that one episode spurred my curiosity about this holiday drink. Many people told me that eggnog is not as tasty as it appears, so until I finally try a glass, I will stick to eggnog inspired desserts. If the beverage tastes anything like this eggnog coffee cake, sign me up for a glass!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
The beauty of coffeecakes is that there are so many variations yet they are all easy to prepare. This eggnog variation is also a cinch to put together even with the special crumble.
Your key ingredients for the cake are the usual basics including flour, sugar, butter, and egg. To turn this into an eggnog coffee cake, we're adding spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla, and of course, eggnog.
Start by making the oat crumble. Normally crumbles are made with cold butter but I discovered that melted butter yields a better topping. By melting the butter, it mixes better with the ingredients and creates a lovely crust on the cake. When you use cold butter, if it's not fully incorporated with the dry ingredients, it can become dry.
Set aside the crumble and make the cake. Simply mix the wet ingredients then add the dry ingredients, stirring just until mixed. If the flour is overworked, the cake can become tough. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and spread the crumble in an even layer. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve the eggnog coffee cake warm or at room temperature. I loved the bits of pecans throughout the moist and light cake and the hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The cake itself was the perfect amount of sweetness, unlike other coffeecakes that are loaded on sugar. Now I think it's time for that eggnog!
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