It's a new baking group! Hooray! This will be the first time I have baked with a group from the very beginning and I'm so excited about it! All of our recipes will be coming from the book, "Baked Explorations" by Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito and Tina Rupp. Before I even decided to become a member of this group I checked this book out from my local library. I began flipping through the pages and just couldn't keep from drooling. I have SO many recipes tagged that I can't wait to bake! My turn for hosting in this group won't be until May 2012, but that actually works out GREAT for me seeing as I'm going to have a new baby in less than a few months.
Karen's Cookies Cakes & More chose the NY-Style Crumb Cake. After reading all the comments on the message board, I was worried about my choice of baking this in my 9x9 stoneware, but plugged along anyway. You know what!? My crumb cake turned out beautifully, despite my addition of an extra egg and adding about 3 T. of extra flour to compensate for that extra moisture. Hooray! It does taste very similar to a coffee cake. Vanilla-eggy dense with a big bite of cinnamon sugar topping. Definitely one that will be made again!