Spicy, salty, buttery, sweet -- the pretzels give this a bit of crunch, and the cardamom and ginger give it a bit of punch. And since it’s coffee cake, bring on the coffee. —Melinda @ Recipe Fiction
Test Kitchen Notes
Preparing this coffee cake is truly quick, and the yogurt sets it apart from other coffee cakes. It feels light, spongy, and almost healthy. The cardamom and pretzels also help you convince yourself of the latter, so you can have an extra slice. To suit my taste, I added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to the topping and cut down the cardamom to 1/2 teaspoon, though I might cut it down a little bit more. The topping would probably also be delicious with pumpkin spice. And though it may seem odd, the pretzels are essential -- they give the crunch and an interesting sweet and salty flavor. Baking it in a large loaf pan took about 35 minutes. —littlethingamajigs
Heat oven to 425° F (220 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan or a 9-inch round Bundt pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in 1/3 cup of the butter with a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles small peas.
In a separate small bowl whisk together the milk, yogurt, egg, and vanilla. Add the liquids to the flour mixture all at once. Stir until just blended and little or no dry flour bits remain.
In a small bowl, use your fingers to mix together the remaining butter, brown sugar, crushed pretzels, and spices, blending until all the ingredients are combined into a course crumb. For a 9-inch square, pour the batter into the prepared pan and then sprinkle the crumb topping on top of batter. For the Bundt pan, put the topping in the pan first and then spread the batter over the top.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If using a Bundt pan, allow to cool for about five minutes before inverting. If some of the topping sticks to the pan just scoop it out and reapply to the top of the cake -- no one else is up yet so no one has to know.