Easter Coffee Cake and Blood Orange Mimosas

 

Wicked Delicious Coffee Cake

We had a quiet Easter morning -- a few friends, this coffee cake, and mimosas with either blood orange juice or ruby red grapefruit juice, both of which I squeezed last night.  I finally picked up the citrus juicer attachment for my kitchen aid - possibly the cheapest existing attachment - and it's life changing.

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Look out citrus: I decimated nine pounds of fruit in 20 minutes.  There will be much fresh juice in our future, yes, because it's healthy blah blah, but also because margaritas are heavenly, and even more so with freshly squeezed juices.

This coffee cake is Ree Drummond's "Best Coffee Cake. Ever" and that's no lie.  I only made a few tweaks - nothing worth rewriting the recipe for - but I'd do the same again.  I used good, dark Muscovado sugar for 2/3 of the brown sugar.  I also had to bake it a bit longer, and the pecans in the dark brown sugar topping caramelized in a gorgeous way.

We have our eye on this bad boy for Christmas morning.  Possibly Fourth of July.  And random Sundays.  It was my very first coffee cake and it shall be my last - freaking delicious and the house smelled like heaven - win win!