The Mailbox: Soup from Emma’s sought; Cafe Beaujolais coffee cake

A streusel-topped coffee cake is delightful for breakfast.
A streusel-topped coffee cake is delightful for breakfast. AP

Seeking a soup recipe

I would like to have the recipe for the soup served at the now-closed Emma’s Taco House in West Sacramento. Thank you.

Marcia Billingsly, Sacramento

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cinnamon coffeecake

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 to 45 minutes

Serves 8 to 12

Rich Vernier of Galt was looking for a buttermilk coffeecake recipe that was in the Bee several years ago. The recipe was from a chef in Mendocino.

We heard from several readers with this recipe including Cynthia Shuetz of Grass Valley and Gretchen Justus of Yuba City, who shared that this is a family favorite.

This recipe comes from "Morning Food" (Ten Speed Press, $19.95, 202 pages) by Margaret Fox and John B. Bear. This was Fox's signature breakfast food at Mendocino's Cafe Beaujolais.

2 1/4 cups white flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided

1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup canola oil

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 large egg, beaten

1 cup buttermilk

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, ginger, both sugars and canola oil. Remove 3/4 cup of this mixture and to it add the nuts and the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix well and set aside to use as a topping.

To the remaining batter, add the baking soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk. Mix to combine all ingredients. Small lumps in the batter are OK.

Pour batter into a well-greased 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over surface. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Check at 30 minutes for doneness.

Per serving, using walnuts based on 12 servings: 403 cal.; 6 g pro.; 51 g carb.; 20 g fat (2 sat., 10 monounsat., 8 polyunsat.); 19 mg chol.; 277 mg sod.; 1 g fiber; 31 g sugar; 44 percent calories from fat.