Crumb Cake

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I have been slacking SO much in the running department.  If it weren’t for early morning runs with Aron, I’d probably only run once a week.  I think I’ve just gotten so into cycling and swimming that running has lost some of its appeal.

With a trail half marathon coming up NEXT WEEKEND, I figured I should probably try and do at least one double digit run to get myself ready.  Alyssa mapped a route, I made crumb cake for afterwards, and Mike agreed to hang with Ellie at the beach while we ran through Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.  It was perfect. (FYI, running quickly regains appeal when there are good friends, food, and coffee involved).

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Overall this week of training was pretty perfect.  I jumped into a 12 week plan which seems totally manageable.  There will be a little bit of re-arranging workouts, but I think this is going to help me be strong and ready to go on race day (less than 11 weeks away!)

I’ve now been using Training Peaks for a couple of months and I LOVE it. It’s super straightforward and you can see everything in list form, on a spreadsheet, or as a pie chart, and entering data is really simple.  Nobody is paying me to say any of this, but I’m going to make myself an unofficial Training Peaks ambassador.

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Week one: 9 hours and 50 minutes of fun!

I FINALLY did my first brick! (Well, first since 2008).  I ended up doing 2 hours on my trainer so I could finish really early in the morning, and then I headed outside to run for 15 minutes.  I was shocked how good my legs felt.  I am also quite ready for today’s rest day.

This cake is just a nice simple breakfast treat, easy to make with things most people keep on hand all the time.  I halved the recipe and put it in an 8″ square pan, but the recipe as written will make a 13 x 9 pan and feed a decent crowd.

Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (or 325 if using a glass pan) and spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick spray
  2. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, the granulated sugar, the baking powder, and the salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
  4. Spread the batter in the pan and set aside while you make the topping.
  5. Put 2 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until it comes together in large crumbs.
  6. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the cake batter and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares to serve.
http://catesworldkitchen.com/2013/02/crumb-cake/

Recipe from Martha Stewart via Baked Bree

 

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