It's based on this recipe with loads of tweaks. (I eat mostly grain free, but I'm crazy about actual dairy. That, plus how cheap beans are and how expensive meat is, keeps me from eating paleo. Also the fact that I'm not a cavewoman.) The blueberry chocolate filling was inspired by my need to use up my blueberries, the fact that my roommate had just baked some brownies, and the haunting memory of a pretty amazing pear chocolate coffee cake my baking big sister made last fall.
Without further ado:
Blueberry Chocolate Coffee Cake
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Brown butter; set aside. (Reserve wrapper to grease pan. Bam.)
- In large bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp nutmeg, and ½ tsp clove. (You may wish to add more spices to taste. I never measure them, honestly.) Use a fork or whisk to break up lumps of flour.
- Add milk, yogurt/sour cream, ¼ cup browned butter, grated ginger, 1/3* cup honey, and vanilla. Mix well. (I have to silence the inner voice telling me not to over-stir, because these flours are different than the Biquick coffee cake I learned how to bake as a kid.) *Increase to ½ cup of honey (per original recipe) for a sweeter cake. I prefer a slightly-sweet cake with a salty-sweet topping.
- Pour about half of the batter into a greased 9x9 pan. Top with blueberries and chocolate chunks (I try not to do too much chocolate, so that it won't overpower the berries. This requires great restraint.) Top with remaining batter, spread smooth, and slide into the oven. Don't be like me: set a timer for 35 minutes.
- While it starts baking, add 2 T honey, 1 tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp clove, cardamom, orange zest, and 1 tsp salt to the remaining butter. Mix well. Add almonds, coconut, and 1 T almond flour. Taste to see if you want more spices. Then top the cake.
- Bake until a fork or toothpick comes out clean, provided it didn't skewer a juicy berry or melty chocolate. Keep an eye on the topping; if it starts to get too brown, move the cake lower, cover with foil, reduce heat, or all of the above.
Best sampled with a mug of cold milk and Ella Fitzgerald. At least, that's how I did it, and it worked pretty well.