Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.
~ Josh Billings
|Mmmm, can't you just taste it?|
There's a story behind the name. I have copies of the recipe at home, because people have requested it so often, but the title is "Margaret's Humongous Coffee Cake." When my son was 18, one of his friends received a week rental of a house on Martha's Vineyard (graduation present) and invited Curtis and at least 6 other guys (and I actually let him go!). I made this to send with them and the boys said "This isn't a coffee cake, it's a coffee FIELD!" And that is what we've called it ever since.
1 pound salted butter, (2 1/2 sticks of it softened and 1 1/2 sticks left cold)
3 cups chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour(for topping)
6 cups flour (for cake)
3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 (16 ounce) cartons of sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 1/4 sheet cake pan (12x15 inches).
You will need 3 mixing bowls. first, prepare the topping. In one bowl, mix the walnuts with cinnamon and brown sugar. In another bowl, cut the 1 1/2 sticks of cold butter into the 1 cup of flour until the pieces are the size of peas. Next, add 2 1/4 cups of the nuts mixture to the flour/butter mixture and use your fingers to smash it together until it is nice and crumbly. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the remaining butter with 3 cups of sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each. Combine flour with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture, alternately with the sour cream, beating well after each addition.
Spread half the cake patter in the pan. Sprinkle what is left of the brown sugar-nut mixture over the batter. Add the remaining batter by spoonfuls and spread evenly over the nut mixture. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the batter. Bake 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Depending on your oven and weather conditions, it may take 5 or 10 mins more.