Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Brunch


This year we are gathering with family for brunch. There will be egg and sausage casserole, potatoes, fruit salad, pumpkin bread, and Mimosas! I'll be bringing this cranberry upside-down coffee cake, a recipe from Cooking Light that I first tried three years ago. It was delicious. Here's the recipe. Enjoy!
  
Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake
Cake:
cooking spray
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/2 cup butter, softened and divided
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. To prepare cake, coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside. Combine cranberries, dates, walnuts and orange rind in a bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and cinnamon. Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour brown sugar mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle cranberry mixture evenly over brown sugar mixture.
3. Combine 1-1/2 cups flour with baking powder and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to granulated sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter over cranberry mixture.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around outside edges. Invert cake onto a plate and let cool.
5. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Cut cake into 12 squares.

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