Have An Old Fashioned Kaffee Klatsch With Hungarian Coffee Cake
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The Coffee Klatsch
Remember those early morning get togethers? We once invited a friends and neighbors over for some freshly made coffee and an easy to make cake, sharing thoughts and what was going on in our lives.
What happened to those?
I suppose the mass migration into the workforce followed by the opening of the ubiquitous Starbucks and other coffee shops replaced our humble kitchen tables.
Still, some of the recipes for those yummy coffee cakes are still popular today because they are quick and easy. Who wants to bake something complicated when they come home from work or on a weekend packed with long "to-do" lists?
No worries, most of these simple cakes are flavorful and take such a short time to whip up. Better to make dessert and breakfast breads at home without the preservatives, etc. Plus, homebaked always tastes better.
You might even be inspired to hold a Saturday "Kaffeklatsch" or two.
There are millions of recipes out there for just such a coffee cake, but my Hungarian grandmother made some that I l would like to pass on to you. This one is simple, the people in her Bible study liked it, and it has what we Magyars just love: lots of dairy and nuts.
Hungarians are have great reputations for their food, and especially for baked goods! As in this recipe you often find sour cream and nuts as ingredients.
The next time you need to schedule a meeting with co workers or friends, why not make it more of a friendly and inviting spread of some coffee and coffee cake snacks? Ambiance can increase the feeling of cooperation and make those invited to the table to feel more appreciated.
Perhaps use this theme to make a friends shower more welcoming and a bit different from the usual. Make sure you have some retro style décor and serving utensils.
Method For Baking A Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- 1/4 pound butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 pint sour cream
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Combine for Topping
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Add beaten eggs and vanilla.
- Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with sour cream to first mixture. (about 3 additions of each)
- Pour half the batter into a greased and floured pan, then half of topping mixture. Add remaining batter on top of that and then rest of topping.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Cooking And Conversation Back In the Day
The word "klatsch" meant gossip, which was the point of the conversation time, catching up on all the news. Much more fun than gathering around a watercooler.
There is something warm and friendly about sharing a bit of food together- it is an ancient custom that we seem to have lost.
I was curious about whatever had happened to the idea of coffee breaks here in the USA. While I work from home, my grown children have entered the workforce and one thing I notice is how easily their employers constrict or ignore breaks. No time for even a cup of coffee!
While no one is sure how the idea originated, it seems to have become a part of the workplace after the Industrial Revolution and before Unions were common. I found some interesting trivia, here.
I believe the "Kaffee Klatsch" coincided with that time. It was a term coined by the Germans, and in common use in the early Twentieth century. It had several spellings:
Coffee Klatch, kaffeeklatsch
They all pretty much described the same cultural social gathering.
I think it would be fun to revive this type of gathering, although would people relax enough? Would anyone take time from their busy schedules to simply get together with friends at their own home with a homebaked coffee cake?
It seems we hardly have time to sit down to dinner with our family members.
Yet, I can't help but feel that we would benefit from more social interaction that slows us down a bit, that creates a space for physical face to face conversations.
I hope you tryout this recipe, and moreover, that you present it with a flourish of hospitality. Invite some friends to have coffee... at your house.
More Hungarian Baking
- Mamas Hungarian Cooking: Lemon Kossuth Cookies
My mother is 100% Hungarian, and Hungarians love to bake. She often made all kinds of special goodies, but this cookie was one her of favorites. It has a sponge texture and a light lemony taste.