A Christmas Tradition in our home since I was little is Christmas Breakfast. This was when all of our family would gather. Diner is usually very light. We always have a special breakfast with scrambled eggs, Canadian back bacon or regular bacon rolls, raisin bread, an orange/cranberry juice blend a fresh fruit tree and my Mom's special Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake. I still have the original recipe book that she used, stains and all. There is no publication date on the book, but I can assure you that it is at least 50 years old.
NO ONE is able to open gifts until breakfast was done and cleaned up. TALK ABOUT TORTURE! Stockings however are free game!
I would like to share with you the recipe for the Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake. Taken from a Robin Hood "Holiday Entertaining" booklet.
1 1/2 C Robin Hood Pre-Sifted All Purpose Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (I usually substitute Cinnamon)
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c milk
1 15 oz tin pitted red cherries packed in syrup drained
1/2 c Robin Hood Pre-Sifted All Purpose Flour
1/4 c blown sugar
1/4 c butter
MEASURE flour (without sifting) onto a square of waxed paper. Add baking powder and salt. Stir to blend.
CREAM sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla ingredients alternately with milk. Mix until light and fluffy. Add blended dry until smooth.
SPREAD half the batter into bottom of well greased 9 inch square pan. Arrange drained cherries evenly over batter. Spread remaining batter evenly over cherries.
COMBINE flour (not sifted and brown sugar in bowl. Cut in butter until particles are the size of small peas. Sprinkle evenly over batter.
BAKE at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. Serve Warm
YIELD: 9 to 12 servings
This recipe is a must try. I know you will not be disappointed.
Hope you enjoy.