Coffee Cake in a mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping

Coffee Cake in a Mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping -- A Pinch of Joy
Coffee Cake in a Mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping -- A Pinch of Joy

Sometimes just a little sweet will make the day so much better. I try not to have temptation setting around because – well, it’s just too tempting! If a whole cake is in the kitchen, it is “evened out” for breakfast, just a little piece for lunch and a small piece for afternoon tea, then a dinner sized piece in the evening. But we are well disciplined and never have a piece after dinner. :-) That’s a lot of carb, calories and sweet stuff in a day. One sweet serving is just perfect. Especially if it is divided between two people.

I’ve been experimenting with mug recipes for that sweet craving. This is one of our favorites. The yogurt replaces egg. I used low carb yogurt because that’s what I usually have on hand, but Greek yogurt or any other plain or vanilla yogurt would work. If you keep your butter on the counter, you are good to go. If you refrigerate butter, you’ll need to soften it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave so it will mix evenly in the dough. Be careful not to overcook the coffee cake as it will quickly become dry.  Eat while warm for best results. I won’t tell you that this is better than your favorite baked coffee cake recipe – but it will tide you over a sweet craving very nicely and it’s pretty darn good on its own merits.

Coffee Cake in a mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
Struesel Topping
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons quick oatmeal
  • 1 scant tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter in mug. If cold, place in microwave for about 10 seconds. Do not melt.
  2. Add sugar and mix well.
  3. Add yogurt and dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  4. Mixture should be thick. Smooth across the bottom of the mug.
  5. In small bowl, combine streusel topping ingredients using a fork until well mixed. Sprinkle on top of coffee cake in mug.
  6. Cook at full power in microwave for 1 minute. Top should be shiny, look slightly underdone and firm to touch. If additional cooking time is needed, do only 10 seconds at a time to avoid overcooking.
  7. Eat while warm!!!!


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Install drawer pulls the easy way

Install drawer pulls the easy way -- A Pinch of Joy
Install drawer pulls the easy way -- A Pinch of Joy

Our “Before Kitchen” had seven small drawers.  The “After Kitchen” has one very large drawer to replace two of the seven plus one small drawer next to the range that holds spatulas and whisks.  Definitely some tradeoffs!!!  I now keep my towels in a basket in a cupboard instead of a drawer.  But I have a great place to store cookie sheets and cutting boards that were formerly in the garage!  Worth losing some small drawers.  Those two new drawers had to have drawer pulls installed to make them fully useful. Imagine!  Here’s how Bytes did it:

  • Count out the number of pulls needed.
  • Place them on the copier glass very carefully so as not to scratch or mar the glass.
  • Press copy.  If the resulting image is not readable, it may be because the top of the copier won’t close over the pulls.  Try draping a towel over the pulls on the glass, while keeping them all upright.
  • Determine and mark placement of pulls on the drawer front.  I wanted pulls in the center of the drawer front and above the interior front wall.  That way the screws only had to go through one layer of wood.
  • Cut the images apart.   Determine and mark the middle of the paper image.
  • Match the middle of the drawer and the paper image at the predetermined location, check to make sure the image of the pull is level and tape the paper image in place.
  • Pierce the paper image at the correct location for the screws, either with a small drill bit or a nail to mark the correct placement on the drawer front.  If you drill through the paper template, it will shift so mark before even thinking about drilling.  (Even though two holes are shown on either side of the pulls, package directions said to use one screw per side.)  He used the outside set of holes.
  • Drill holes at the marked location.
  • Insert screws from the inside of the drawer, add handles and tighten screws. 
  • Done! 

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