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The Dish: Mother’s Day Coffee Cake

Skip the crowded breakfast spots this Mother’s Day and show mom how much you love her by preparing one of her favorites! Share with us in the comments some of your mom’s favorite recipes. Who knows, maybe it’ll be featured on The Dish someday!

To start things off I’ll share one of my mom’s favorites.

My mom is a New Yorker through and through. She loves her back-east baked goods and always brings a suitcase full of bagels and bialys home with her each time she visits.

Another favorite that’s a bit more difficult to fit in her carry-on is coffee cake. The combination of soft, moist cake and crumbly topping go great with your morning coffee. It was ages before I found a recipe that did justice to a true New York style coffee cake. Trust me, make this recipe for mom and she’ll never want the stuff from Starbucks again!

As always, you can find this recipe and many more Mother’s Day inspriation at Scottsdale Living: The Dish on Pinterest!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Serves 12 or more

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely cut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2-quart Bundt or tube pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Cream the butter in a separate bowl. Add 1 cup of sugar to the butter and gradually beat until the mixture is blended, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the eggs to the creamed butter mixture one at a time, beating well in between additions. Beat in the dry ingredients and sour cream alternately, beginning and ending in flour. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine the chocolate, pecans, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.

Sprinkle a third of the chocolate and nut mixture into the bottom of the greased pan. Spoon in half of the cake batter. Sprinkle more of the chocolate and nut mixture over the batter, reserving some for the top. Pour the remaining batter into the pan. Smooth it out evenly and top with the remainder of the chocolate and nut mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Remove from the pan to a rack.

Goes great with just a nice hot cup of coffee or sliced and served as part of a brunch buffet.

Share with us your Mother’s Day favorites and be sure to give her a big kiss this year!
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We have Easter brunches and egg hunts on the brain.

Things to Do This Weekend

It’s Easter weekend and with that there is plenty of fun to be had all around the Valley and the state. Enjoy egg hunts and brunch, everyone’s favorite national holiday record store day and more. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Record Store Day @ Stinkweeds, April 19
Everyone’s favorite local record store is opening up early this Saturday at 9 a.m. to kick of the celebration of Record Store Day. Vinyl isn’t dead and neither are great local record stores. Be sure to pick up record store day exclusives and have a lot of fun as food trucks and live bands rock out this event.
Free (except the records)

Old Town Farmer’s Market @ Old Town, April 19
Gather amongst your friends and get that old town feel at the Old Town Farmer’s Market. Shop for the best in organic produce, freshly baked breads, fancy local cheeses and jams as you gather amongst your neighbors at the good old farmer’s market.
Free

Amazing Animals @ Wilde Meyer Gallery, April 10 to May 3
Everyone’s favorite furry companions, be it a cat, dog, rabbit or anything else, have been immortalized onto paintings. Be sure to come down to the Wilde Meyer Gallery this weekend and take a look at the paintings and you might even like one so much that you’ll come home with one. Take a look at the lighter side of art as you see dogs try and catch tennis balls, on easels.
Free (except the paintings)

Dino Egg Hunt @ Arizona Museum of Natural History, April 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Have a chance to learn about natural history and have a blast as your kids search high and low for Dino eggs. The entire museum will be open and eggs will be continually hidden until 7:45 p.m. Along with the searching fun, there craft activities for the kids to get their art on. Be sure to go to this event and have a blast at it too.
Adults: $7, Kids: $4

Easter Champagne Brunch @ McCormick Ranch Golf Club, April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Head on down to the golf club for the bubbly stuff and a brunch that is sure to leave you satisfied. Fresh-baked muffins, platters of fresh fruit and seasonal melons, scrambled eggs and of course waffles will be served at this great meal. Enjoy the sights of the course and the delicious brunch this Easter.
Adults: 44.95 Kids 6-12: $22

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa’s lavish Easter brunch and egg hunt @ Westin La Paloma, April 20
If you don’t mind the drive to Tucson, then this brunch and egg hunt is for you. Executive Chef Russell Michel of the AZuL Restaurant will be serving a delicious Southwestern meal as you look out at the wonderful sights and views of the beautiful resort. While you enjoy the sights and food your kids will get to embark on a great Easter Egg Hut led none other than the hider himself, the Easter Bunny. Get out a little and enjoy a drive to Tucson for a top notch meal.
Admission: Adults: $49, Children 5 to 12: $19 and under 5 eat free.

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Sunday Brunch at Twisted Rose Winery

From mascarpone cheese stuffed French toast to Chef Nicholas Schaus’ signature “Cinnamon Roll Pork Chop,” Twisted Rose Winery is putting fresh twists on classic brunch favorites. Enjoy eggs benedict with rosemary apple hollandaise sauce, omelette bites with fingerling potatoes, passion fruit chicken piccata or a build-your-own breakfast featuring many classic items like bacon, sausage, hash browns and potatoes. Entrée prices range from $8-$11.

The brunch menu at Twisted Rose has hot dishes and cool prices. Paired with a classic mimosa or bloody mary, it’s Scottsdale’s newest winery, eatery and brunch spot on Sundays.

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: BRUNCH 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dinner 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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