Perfect with coffee, tea or milk, these mouth-watering mini coffeecakes offer a flavourful combination of maple, cinnamon and crunchy walnuts.
- 1-3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup California walnuts, ground
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups maple sugar or brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tsp maple extract
- 1 cup California walnuts, toasted
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 cup maple sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- Toasting Walnuts: In large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast walnuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Grease 12 large muffin tins. Set aside.
- In small bowl, whisk together flour, ground California walnuts, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream and maple extract until smooth and fluffy, about 4 minutes (2 minutes with a standing mixer). Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl and mixing just to combine.
- Streusel: In food processor, pulse together California walnuts, cinnamon, ginger and sugar until nuts are chopped. Drizzle in butter and pulse once just to combine.
- Spoon half of the batter into the muffin tins. Sprinkle with half the walnut streusel. Spoon in remaining batter and top with remaining streusel. Bake in the centre of the oven until cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the tin, the tops are golden and set, and a tester comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
- Cool cakes on rack in pan for 1 hour. Run a thin knife around edges to loosen and transfer to rack to cool completely or serve warm sprinkled with icing sugar.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Tip: Alternatively, this recipe can be made into one bundt cake and then baked 45 to 60 minutes.
For step-by-step instructions for this recipe and more, visit The California Walnut Board.