It's hard to blog with a baby. It's actually hard to do most of the things I used to do with a baby. Cooking, going to the store, visiting friends. These things all need to be carefully planned now. So, my blog has really been the last thing on my mind since Miles was born. When I was still pregnant, a friend told me to be prepared for your life to change drastically when a baby comes. She said, "On some days you will feel accomplished just by having managed to brush your teeth, and that's okay because that is something." At the time I thought that seemed a little crazy - would I really feel accomplished having just brushed my teeth? Now I completely understand what she means. The good news is that Miles is now seven weeks old, and I have found myself becoming more adjusted to being a mom with each passing week. Things are still tough, but I now feel like I can take care of him while also taking care of myself and other things that need to get done.
Despite the fact that my life is very different, I wouldn't trade being a mom for anything. As you can see from the picture, I have the cutest, sweetest little boy in the world (yes, I'm biased, but that's how it feels). I love the way Miles stares at me with his big blue eyes, the way he kicks his little chubby legs and flails his arms, and seeing his crooked smiles that have recently begun to appear.
Well, yesterday I had a few spotty bananas and realizing that I hadn't baked anything since he was born, I thought about making banana bread, and ended up deciding to make banana coffee cake. So, in a world where brushing your teeth is a significant achievement, baking a coffee cake makes me feel like a rock star. It turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share the recipe. After looking at several dozen recipes online, here's what I came up with:
Banana Streusel Coffee Cake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 very ripe bananas, mashed (you should have about 1 cup)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
3/4 cups chopped toasted walnuts, divided
1/3 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nine inch springform pan with cooking spray.
To make the streusel, place 3/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and brown sugar in small bowl. Mix with fingers to combine. Set aside.
In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. In a separate bowl whisk together bananas, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until barely combined. Gently fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top. Bake for 35-45 minutes until tester inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer to rack to cool.
Notes: The cake tastes great slightly warm from the oven. It will also keep nicely stored at room temperature for three days.