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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This is a Bakehouse classic and an early menu item at Zingerman’s Deli. It’s richly flavored with the best sour cream we can find, fresh eggs, real butter, and our distinctive cinnamon-nut swirl made with Indonesian Korintje cinnamon, brown sugar, and freshly toasted walnuts. We bake this classic every day in a traditional Bundt pan giving it that classic coffeecake look. One question we get a lot: why is sour cream coffee cake considered Jewish? Some history: Yeasted coffee cakes, baked in kugelhopf pans, were somewhat common in European baking generally. As was often the case, Ashkenazi Jewish communities adapted local cuisines and made them their own. Ashkenazi coffee cake, most often made with sour cream, dates back to 17th-century Eastern Europe. Before modern-day refrigeration, milk was mostly consumed in a fermented form. Thus, sour cream, along with buttermilk, became essential elements in traditional Ashkenazi Jewish baking. Fast forward to 1950, when a group of Jewish women in Minnesota wanted to bring back some of the old Jewish coffee cake recipes. The women, thinking the European yeasted cakes were too time-consuming, transformed them into a more American pound cake style, and the sour cream coffee cake, as we now know it, was born. In contemporary Jewish homes, coffee cake is often served for breakfast on Shabbat and holidays.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
1 slice
Serving Size
55g
Servings Per Item
24
Calories
240
Total Fat
13g
Saturated Fat
6g
Cholesterol
45mg
Sodium
135mg
Carbohydrates
28g
Dietary Fiber
1g
Sugars
18g
Added Sugar
17g
Protein
3g

Ingredients

sugar, organic wheat flour (organic wheat, malted barley), sour cream (cultured milk, cream, corn starch, pectin, nonfat milk (Milk)), butter (pasteurized cream, natural flavorings), eggs, walnut, enriched wheat flour(wheat, malted barley, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), brown sugar, vanilla extract (glycerin, alcohol, water, vanilla bean extractives), sea salt, cinnamon, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK, EGG, WALNUT

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  • Thanksgiving: closed
  • Christmas Eve: 7am-5pm
  • Christmas Day: closed
  • New Years Eve: 7am-5pm
  • New Years Day: 8am-5pm

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