This year, we received fresh Cape Blanco Cranberries from the Oregon coast and they are wonderful! What a treat. I don’t often bake with cranberries but found this recipe hard to pass up, and of course, I had to share because it is that good. This Cranberry Crumb Cake is delicious! Friends and neighbors agree. It calls for three cups of cranberries so plan accordingly.
Cranberry Crumb Cake
FOR THE CAKE:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest (from 1 or 2 oranges)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
3 cups fresh or unthawed frozen cranberries
FOR THE CRUMBLE:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
Prepare the cake. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″x13″ baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2″ overhang on two sides. Butter the parchment. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat the granulated sugar, butter and orange zest with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add in the vanilla. Beat in half of the dry ingredients at low speed, then the sour cream, and then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing just until no dry spots remain (do not overmix). Fold in one cup of the cranberries.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread it out into an even layer using an offset spatula. Top with the remaining cranberries.
Prepare the crumble. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and mix it in with a fork until evenly moistened.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the top, squeezing into various-size clumps. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. If you are using fresh cranberries, start checking the cake around 45 minutes. If you are using frozen cranberries, this could take 55-60 minutes.
Transfer the cake in the pan to a rack to cool completely (about three hours). Using the parchment overhang, carefully lift the cake and transfer to a cutting board to cut and serve.
Credit: New York Times Cooking