You know when you smell or taste something that triggers a strong memory or takes you back to some place in your past? This one does it for me.

In college I spent three whole summers working at a summer camp called Kanakuk, which is in the Ozark mountains of beautiful southern Missouri (almost Arkansas)  on Table Rock Lake. Three of the most fun, high energy, never-a-dull-moment summers of my life!  We lived in teepees, we launched each other off of the blob every day, and EVERY Sunday morning we had this coffee cake for breakfast. Camp tradition.

One of my good friends (who also worked at camp) and I were remembering how good it was…and that it really isn’t a breakfast item at all, it’s more like dessert. And they definitely didn’t serve coffee with it. I’m heading over to her house later today, and I’m bringing some along. My kitchen smells like camp right now. I hope it tastes as good as we remember!

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World Famous Kanakuk Coffee Cake

Ingredients :

2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Topping:  (go ahead and make a little extra, you can never have too much topping)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup flour
1/4 stick softened butter

Beat the eggs.  Add melted margarine, vanilla, evaporated milk, and water. Combine the dry ingredients.  Add to the liquid mixture and beat until batter is smooth. Mix the topping ingredients until it’s crumbly.  I guess you could use a pastry blender or a mixer. I just used my hands.  Next pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.  Sprinkle on the topping and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

:: Carrie ::