Y'all, I really hate to be a downer, and this is two reviews in a row, but the bonus recipes from the Target edition of the Magnolia Table Cookbook have yet to prove to be winners. They seem to be recipes that they cut from the book because they didn't meet the standards of the others. The ones that needed a little more work.
This is the second recipe that I have made from the bonus recipes and it is also the second recipe that I have not enjoyed from the bonus section. I was honestly really excited to have a great coffee cake recipe for future use, something great for weekend brunch or even just for my enjoyment. I am not sure if my idea of coffee cake is off, maybe Little Debbie has skewed my perspective, but this was not what I had hoped for while I was making it.
If it is possible for something to be hard and soft at the same time, this was it. But unfortunately not in a good way. The crumble topping came out way to hard, like little rocks on the top, too rough to eat. The cake was soft, but lacked flavor and the flavor that did come through was just bitterness from the spices. It was really a strange mixture of flavors. I had everyone in my house try it to see if I was just being to harsh and they all said the same thing. We deduced that a coffee cake should be subtly sweet to counteract the bitterness that a cup of coffee brings. So in the end I think this needs a little more vanilla or sugar in the batter, or something to give it some flavor and a little less spice to cut the bitterness.
Leave me a comment below and let me know if you have made this and if you think I am on track or if you think I am crazy and that I need to give this another shot!
Until next time, happy cooking!
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