Today is my first snow day from work! Yay!
scene from my window Sunday afternoon
Yesterday we were graced with a full-on blizzard. It was very strange. Christmas Day was sunny and not especially cold. I was sitting on the couch as usual on Sunday afternoon, watching the Jets-Bears game and pressing fabric, when a scrolling headline caught my eye: "The Vikings-Eagles game scheduled for 8 PM has been postponed due to weather." What on earth could be going on over in Philly, I thought, to make them cancel an 8 PM game at 1:30? I live only about 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia, so anything going on there weatherwise is usually happening here, too. I turned my head to the window 2 feet away and saw the above and was like, ooooooh.
It snowed hard all day and night. No work today--which is more than fine, because I REALLY wanted another day, and anyway I couldn't get out if I wanted to:
(that's my little Cloudmobile on the far left, and again, that was yesterday. It's deeper now.)
So I decided to go ahead and make last week's TWD, which I had been putting off all week: Dorie's Cardamom Crumb Cake, selected by Jill of the appropriately named Jill's Blog.
Now why had I been putting it off? I like crumb cakes, especially if made by me. And I haven't made one in a long while. And this one sounded interesting: cardamom, coffee, and orange all together. But...the recipe sounded awfully fussy and suspiciously time-consuming for a crumb cake. I think of crumb cake as the sugary version of quickbread--something very fast to throw together when you have company coming over or something. This generally follows the quick-mix routine, but it requires a little bit of prep work (butter at room temp, grating orange zest, making and cooling coffee, melting and cooling butter, smooshing zest into sugar), which honestly is often a little more than I can handle when I wake up in the morning and my body is like GRRRRAAAARRR FOOOOD NOOOOWWWW AAAAAAAARGH. I can skip dinners with no problem, but breakfast is non-negotiable.
My Household Supervisor is even more noisy and insistent than my own stomach in the mornings, which also blocks my morning cooking capabilities.
But today I was up late and decided to go on and give it a whirl. First thing I noticed is that I am nearly out of white sugar and I have no oranges. So with the thought that brown sugar generally makes anything better, and tangerines are pretty close to oranges, I subbed with abandon. Don't judge me. I'm snowed in. Applaud my pioneer spirit!
Once I had all the fussy bits done, it was quick to mix together.
And wonder of wonders, it actually baked in 30 minutes' time:
All in all, I think it took me about two hours to do.
The cake is...interesting. I had a warm piece and it was nice and moist and the streusel was perfectly crunchy. Despite containing a full cup of sugar and a stick and a half of butter, it's not super sweet or greasy. There are a lot of flavors, though, and though I am no expert they did seem to be doing battle for supremacy: the tangerine, the coffee, the brown sugar, the cardamom. (That's the order in which they seemed to be winning.) I wonder if it will be different when cold; I wonder if it would have been different with more innocuous white sugar or orange zest. I think I like it, but I'm gonna have to think about whether it's a repeater...