Dining, Episode III --
Iffn I'd known you was comin'...
...I'da thrown a cake in the
Prior episodes of Dashboard Dining elicited various requests
for desserty-type items, and being a pathetic addict myself,
I was half-inclined to agree. When I looked up today's
weather report to find that we only had 117 degrees
forecasted, I was only too ready to give up the slated
mushroom-and-onion beef dinner and fixate on sugar instead.
The only boxed-mix thing in the house was pancake mix, but I
soon ascertained that since it had buttermilk and eggs
already dehydrated in it, it would probably serve quite
well. A quick top-cupboard search yielded the remaining
Car-Cooked Pecan Streusel Coffeecake
Assemble in work area: pancake mix, brown sugar, flour,
cinnamon, butter, pecans.
Streusel: Put 1/2 C brown sugar, 1/4 C flour, 1/2 tsp
cinnamon together in a bowl. Chop pecans, and add about 2
Tb. chopped to the streusel ingredients; toss together with
fork. Melt 3 or 4 Tb butter, and add to dry ingredients a
bit at a time, until streusel makes big crumbly bits. Taste.
Taste again. Decide that you probably need a BIG spoon to
take a good enough taste. Quit before you have nothing left
to put on the damn cake, and set aside.
Cake: In a bowl, combine 1 C pancake mix, 2 Tb. brown sugar,
1/2 tsp baking powder, and 2 Tb melted butter. Add about 1/2
C water, just enough to get a coffeecake batter consistency
-- wet, but you have to spread it a bit. Work quickly, as
batter begins to increase in volume as soon as it all gets
Spread batter in small pyrex pan prepped with cooking spray,
and sprinkle streusel on top.
Place pan immediately on dashboard of your nearest FPOGE.
Back up enough to admire entire panoramic view of FPOGE with
cake on dashboard. Once you've widened your adoring gaze,
notice that there are many strangers standing about, most
likely because the house for sale next door is having a
realtor's Open House. Note how strangers seem to be staring
bemusedly at the FPOGE, then at you.
In just a quarter hour, the cake rises nicely:
The nice thing about car cooking is that the cake doesn't
get temperamental if you nap off and forget about it for an
hour, although it does get sulky when cloud cover comes
rolling in before a thunderstorm.
Et voilá, the finished product:
Regular, or decaf? Cream and sugar?