Great-Grandmother Larsen, was born in
Denmark, in the year 1859. She married
Great-Grandfather Larsen (born in 1861),
sometime in the late 1870's, they immigrated
to the United States. They arrived in New
York City, and took a packet steamer up the
Hudson River to Albany, New York. There they
boarded a packet barge to travel to Buffalo,
New York via the Eire Canal. Then they
boarded a Great Lakes steamer, that was heading
to Sault Saint Marie, where they had to disembark
to board another Great Lakes steamer heading for
Duluth, Minnesota. At that time there were no
locks and the rapids on the Saint Mary's River
(connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron),
blocking any direct shipping to and from Lake Superior.
Great Grandfather Larsen worked in the lumber
camps during the winter months and farmed
during the summer months. They and their
children, survived the "Great Hinckley Fire,"
of September 1st, 1894.
When all the virgin White Pine had been cut
down in the great forests, they moved to Saint
Paul, Minnesota. Great Grandfather Larsen died
in 1917, Great Grandmother Larsen died in 1936.
This is a delicious coffee cake, and quick and
easy to make. I have enjoyed eating Great
Grandmother Larsen's Coffee Cake, for 56 years...
now you can too!
Ingredients: Double Recipe (Single Recipe)
2 Cups, Flour. (1 Cup)
3/4 Cup, Sugar (1/4 + 2 Tablespoons)
1/4 Teaspoon ,Ground Nutmeg (1/8 Teaspoon)
1/4 Teaspoon, Cinnamon. (1/8 Teaspoon)
1 Teaspoon, Salt. (1/2 Teaspoon)
4 Teaspoon, Baking Powder. (2 Teaspoons)
2 Eggs, unbeaten. (1 egg)
1/4 Cup, Butter (soft). (2 Tablespoons)
1 Cup, Whole Milk. (1/2 Cup)
Directions for Cake Batter
Sift all dry ingredients together.
Work Butter into the mixture, like doing
pie crust (rubbing flour and butter, between
Add Eggs, and Milk to mixture, stirring
by hand until smooth.
Pour into two 8 inch square pans or 9
inch round pans. Single Recipe just one pan.
Inside of the pans need to be greased and floured,
before pouring batter.
Topping for Cake
1 Cup, Brown Sugar, dark. (1/2 Cup)
1/2 Cup, Chopped Walnuts. (1/4 Cup)
4 Tablespoons, Flour. (2 Tablespoons)
1/2 Teaspoon, Cinnamon. (1/4 Teaspoon)
1/8 Teaspoon, Salt. (Pinch)
1/4 Cup, Butter (melted). (2 Tablespoons)
Directions for Topping for Cake
Add all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Add melted butter, to mixture, blending with a fork.
Loosely sprinkle Topping over top of batter
in the pans (pan).
Bake for 25-30 minutes, in a pre-heated oven,
at 350 degrees F.
Best served warm, but great warm or cold.
Grandfather Henry Washington Albert who
married Grandmother Alma (nee: Larsen) Albert,
would eat two of his Mother-in-Law's coffee
cakes at one sitting...they are that good! ~ Parnelli
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