I lived in an orphanage 50 years ago and helped out in the kitchen, Back then, I often made this wonderful coffee cake, dutifully following the recipe in the cookbook they used in that kitchen. Years later, when I saw Kate Smith on television, I realized that I had been using her cookbook to make this coffee cake. I was delighted to know I had been using one of Kate's favorite recipes!
After trying dozens of bran muffin recipes, I developed this one myself, and have used it again and again! These muffins are easy to make and convenient, since you can prepare the batter days ahead of time.
When we're expecting company, I pour the prepared batter into tins and have hot muffins ready by the time the coffee's perked.
This recipe for Pumpkin Bread was given to me years ago by one of the best cooks in our church. It is ideal to bake ahead and keep in the freezer to take to someone who is sick or have on hand to give as a little gift.
Sweet success is sure to be had when you prepare Valma Devall’s mouthwatering coffee cake. “The recipe is delightful,” writes the Kennewick, Washington reader, “but I’d like to see it made over.” Our Test Kitchen cut 60% of the saturated fat and 113 calories from each serving for this lightened-up treat that's sure to wow friends and family.—Valma Devall, Kennewick, Washington