LAUSD Coffee Cake [split from LA]
[Note: this post was split from the LA board at: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/48068... -- The Chowhound Team].
Memories! Yes, the coffee cake from LAUSD schools is the best, though truth be old, it's been many years since high school. Here's the recipe from the LAUSD Food Services site. It's the only recipe posted so I suspect there are many Angelenos out there who hold this coffee cake in high regard:
Which recipe do you use from this site, I see 3 different coffe cake recipes? I do know that the topping was crumbled sugar, brown sugar and cinammon, I do not remember any peanuts, walnuts, nuts at all inside the cake or on top. Please email me the original recipe or which ever one is close to the coffee cake we use to eat back in the early 80"s. When I lived in Los Angeles in which I grew up there, this lady use to make the coffee cakes for me and I take them to work. But she became older and weaker not being able to make them any longer. I live now in Arizona and you know they don't have no O.G. coofee cake with the crumbled top.
That may be a new recipe, I can not imagine them using oil back then. Butter was the fat of choice.
Here is the recipe from the LA Times, years ago.
Los Angeles Unified School District
1/2 cup butter (1 Stick) 4 oz room temperature
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 egg slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
Heat oven to 350
Butter & flour a 9x9 pan
Mix flours and baking soda & baking powder in bowl, set aside
Beat Butter & sugar until light & fluffy, add the egg, and vanilla & mix well.
Add half the flour mixture, mixing until flour is blended.
Blend in the sour cream, then the remaining flour misture.
Spread half the carefully in the pan, sprinkle with half the topping and spread with the reamaining batter. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the remaining topping.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 40-50 minutes.
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) 2oz
Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and walnuts. Add the butter in small pieces. Rub the butter in by hand until the mixture is crumbly. Be careful not to over mix!
re: Burger Boy
I remember the LA Times printing a sour cream coffee cake that they attributed to LAUSD, but they also printed a long long time ago something called Los Angeles City Schools Old-Fashioned Crumb Cake. It's different from the OPs recipe.
I did a search on LA Times & it didn't come up (my clipping is pretty old), so I'm going to assume that we won't run into recipe copyright issues here:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 C oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, nutmeg and oil. Remove 1/2 cup of mixture from bowl, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside for topping.
Combine remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, egg and buttermilk and blend well. Add to flour mixture. Do not over-mix.
Spoon batter into greased 13x9 baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup reserved topping. Bake at 375 degrees 30 to 40 minutes.
I've made this recipe countless number of times over the years, and have always gotten rave reviews. I tend to double the topping to 1 cup & 2 tsp of cinnamon & it doesn't seem to affect the cake part of it. I would also say that in a 13x9 pan, it seems a little thinner than the coffee cake I used to buy from my high school, so I'd do this in a 9x9 pan instead. It's a tad easier than the other recipes here (no nuts, no dry milk, no sour cream, no cake flour, etc). The most 'exotic' ingredient is buttermilk, which sometimes I replace with 1 cup of milk + 1 tbl. vinegar without a big change in taste.
This is it, this is it, this is it! I have thought of this coffee cake MANY times over the last few years, but always went about searching for it using my Jr. High School's name. Never even occurred to me that it might be a district-wide recipe. I've just made it and my kitchen smells heavenly - I am soo happy! Will definitely, however, use a smaller pan next time (I was so excited to make the thing that I didn't read that far...) - it is thinner than expected. Have posted on FB and tagged all my Jr High school friends... from the late 70's early 80's. Thank you! You've made many people very happy!
It was the best coffee cake. I also remember a peanut butter roll that I'd like to get the recipe for.
How cute that someone (actually multiple someones) liked the coffee cake enough to not only remember it and then go out of their way to recreate it!
As for oil vs. butter -- I find it hard to believe that LAUSD would have sprung for butter. Rumor was at my school that the meat of choice was horse. Of course, I was a student when there was no money for pencils or tissues, just for metal detectors.
I did like the chocolate chip cookies (which went from 25c to 35c to 50c each, in successive years) but what hot chocolate chip cookie isn't good. I also suspect it was all pre-made and just reheated. My school was mostly about some outsourced pizza on Wednesdays and a bunch of vending machines with soda and candies, not to mention the candy we were required to sell. Suffice it to say that I always brought my own food.