Last week, I got bitten by a spider. I don’t even know how it happened. A section of my arm swelled up like a silver dollar. It was nasty! It itched and throbbed all at the same time. I had to constantly wash the punctured area before applying my ointment. It was just unpleasant. The swelling finally went down a couple of days ago but there’s a bruise-like discoloration. Eeeeeew! That was my excitement for last week.
I recently discovered Biscoff spread and Biscoff cookies. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Biscoff spread or cookies, they are a Speculoos/Speculaas cookie spread made with butter, brown sugar and spices. They taste similar to gingersnaps, and have a consistency like peanut butter. The name Biscoff came from the words BIScuits and COFFee (source: Biscoff.com and Baking Bites).
I recently started drinking more tea and just absolutely love pairing it with Biscoff cookies. Since it’s that good, why not bake with it? If you like gingersnaps, you’ll love this cookie and spread. And if you love the cookie and spread, you’ll love this coffee cake!
I’ve been itching for something sweet with my morning coffee and this fits the bill. I had a smidge of this a few hours after baking last night and had lukewarm feelings about this coffee cake. I didn’t think it was good enough to post. However, my feelings were totally changed when I had a bite of it this morning. It was slightly dense and nutty with a nice crunch at the end, from the streusel topping. So if you crave something chocolaty with your cup of Joe —this is a delicious coffee cake to make.
I had some leftover crumb topping from my Cranraisin Eggnog Muffins that I wanted to use up. I also had some pears and ricotta cheese that was about to go bad so I decided to make this coffee cake. I listed the measurements and instructions for the streusel topping but didn’t use it. Feel free to use this one or the topping recipe from the Cranraisin Eggnog Muffins. Both are delicious! But whatever you do, be sure to use pear brandy for that extra pear flavor in the coffee cake. If you don’t have pear brandy, regular brandy will do too.
I know I’ve been on an eggnog binge (kinda) lately with all these baking with eggnog. In just a few weeks, there won’t be any left in the stores so I thought I take this opportunity to go crazy with it. Chris and I picked up a couple of bottles of aged spice rum at the Duty-free shop in Mexico. We added some into our eggnog last night and it tasted fantastic! This aged spice rum is smooth and has a very slight hint of sweetness so I thought it would be phenomenal in this Eggnog Coffee Cake. If you like eggnog and you like coffee cake, you’ll dig this one.