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So, what came first?
The cinnamon walnut coffee cake?
Or my failed attempt at a Valentine's Day breakfast casserole in your typical heart-shaped spring form pan? (affiliate)
Yep! The failed breakfast casserole!
(More on that escapade later!)
The breakfast casserole recipe I was testing may have failed, but luckily I had a backup plan –
I had been wanting to bake something delicious to accompany my morning cup of coffee.
There’s just something so cozy and comforting about watching the half-and-half swirl its way through rich coffee.
Especially when there is snow outside – and there is A LOT of it here in Idaho lately!
There's no shortage of recipes for coffee cake with cinnamon and nuts. The recipe for this coffee cake came from one of my favorite recipe blogs -- An Italian in my Kitchen.
I made a couple small changes – a little more vanilla, used sour cream instead of yogurt and I added a little oil to help with the texture.
After making those small changes, I put it all in that heart-shaped baking pan and was really happy with the result --
I haven’t given up on perfecting a winning heart-shaped breakfast casserole, though!
Stay tuned for that one!
Enjoy! – The Recipe Wench