Lemon Sugar Crumb Cake
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Lemon Sugar Crumb Cake is a mile high coffee cake with a delicate fresh lemon flavor, it's made with my special lemon infused sugar!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 lemon, well washed and dried
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup cold, unsalted butter (12 Tbsp.) cut in small pieces
- ⅔ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Set oven to 350F
- Spray a 9x9 square baking pan and line with parchment paper if you want to be able to lift it out for cutting. That part is optional.
- Use a serrated vegetable peeler to carefully peel away the zest from the lemon. You want only the yellow, not any of the bitter white pith.
- Put the sugar into the bowl of a food processor, along with the zest. Process, scraping down the sides if necessary, for about a minute or so, until the zest is completely incorporated into the sugar.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt into the processor and pulse to combine everything.
- Add the butter to the bowl. Pulse to combine, maybe about 20 pulses. The mixture should be crumbly with the butter well distributed and in very small pieces.
- Measure out 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients and mix with the dry, just until combined. Spread the batter into the pan, and top with the reserved crumbs. Note: I use my fingertips to make some larger, chunkier crumbs to create a nice texture on the top. Just compress the dry mixture a little between your fingers to make any size crumb you like.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out without wet batter clinging to it.