17 March 2009

Recipe: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Streusel Cake

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Streusel Cake

This cake is fast and easy, always getting rave reviews from American kids and their parents alike as well as their French friends.

From: American Debra Sostrin, living in suburb outside Paris, France.

Yield: 12 servings


2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

2 cups packed golden brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

3 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 (12 oz.) package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan. Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Using electric mixer beat on low speed until streusel is blended and crumbly. Transfer 1 cup lightly packed streusel to small bowl and reserve.

Add eggs, milk, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda to remaining streusel in large bowl. Beat at low speed until evenly moist. Increase speed to medium and beat until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup chips. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved 1 cup streusel and remaining 1 cup chips. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack.
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