Pumpkin Coffee Cake

I am being dragged kicking and screaming into Fall.  It doesn't help that I feel like Summer just went away overnight.  We've gone from hot and sunny days to very chilly forecasts in no time at all.  All that really makes me want to do is bake and crochet things.

And if Fall is indeed coming (in like three more weeks mind you), then we might as well start with the pumpkins... And if I have to do something I don't want to do, there better be good food.

And if we are using pumpkins, it might as well be coffee cake.  You know, to eat with the hot coffee we will need to warm our bones.

This cake comes together easily. It is no fuss at all, which I generally love.

And it uses a whole can of pumpkin. Not a partial one like some recipes...what are you supposed to do with a half a can of leftover pumpkin?

Anywho, here you are.  Enjoy it! Make peace with Fall or at least numb the feelings of losing summer with some freshly baked goods.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

4 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
1 cup of oil (of your choosing, I used melted coconut)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup milk
1 heaping cup of chopped walnuts.

Crumb Topping
1 cup flour
1 stick of cold butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 18in pan or about that side.

Combine all dry ingredients, set aside.  In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients until thoroughly mixed.  Slowly add in dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in walnuts. Pour into pan, smooth to make even.

Combine ingredients for crumb topping using a pastry cutter, whisk or fork until all combined and resembling crumbles.

Spread crumbs onto the top of the cake mixture. Press lightly into the mix.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Drizzle with a mix of 1 cup confectioners sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of milk and 1 tsp of vanilla.

Enjoy with some coffee and friends if possible! And good luck staying warm!

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