A cafe’s breakfast favorite

“Cafe Beaujolais” the cookbook, by Margaret S. Fox and John Baer
“Cafe Beaujolais” the cookbook, by Margaret S. Fox and John Baer

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Café Beaujolais buttermilk cinnamon coffeecake

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Serves 12

Several years ago, Rich Vernier of Galt saved a recipe from The Bee for a buttermilk coffeecake from a chef in Mendocino. He lost the recipe and was hoping someone had it.

We heard from several readers with this recipe, which comes from “Morning Food” by Margaret Fox and John Bear. Margaret Fox, owner/chef of Café Beaujolais in Mendocino, made this coffeecake part of her signature breakfasts at the café. Gretchen Justus of Yuba City says this has been a family favorite for years.

2½ cups flour

1 cup brown sugar, packed

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided use

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ginger

¾ cup oil

1 cup sliced almonds

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

Mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, salt and ginger. Blend in oil until smooth. Remove ¾ cup mixture and combine with almonds and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix and set aside.

To remaining flour mixture, add baking powder, soda, egg and buttermilk. Blend until smooth. Pour into buttered 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle reserved nut mixture evenly over surface of batter. Bake at 350 degrees, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool and cut into squares to serve.