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20150120_125444 Times House guests have come to expect delicious baked goods for breakfast. Many of them are family recipes – Mom’s Irish Bread, Aunt Cass’ Apple Cake. Today I’m sharing a favorite recipe and remembering a favorite person – my former mother-in-law, Jean Villano, who died late last month.

Mom V. was a kind, generous, wonderful woman, who loved her family, friends and a good mystery. Her Thanksgiving dinners were stupendous, her Super Bowl lasagna delicious, and her Butter Crumb Cake – heavenly. Everything she made, she made with love. I try to do the same. Though she’s missed terribly, I’ll remember her in so many ways but especially when I make her crumb cake.

So for our food blogger niece, Roberta AKA Homemade Delish, and all of our guests, who’ve asked for the recipe…here it is.

Duncan Hines Butter Golden cake mix – combine ingredients according to directions.

Grease and flour 10″ x 15″ pan, pour in batter and bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 17 minutes – until firm enough to hold crumbs.

20150117_105740In a large bowl mix the following together until it resembles coarse sand:
1 pound of soft butter
4 cups of flour
1.5 cups of sugar
1 tbs. vanilla
1 tbs. cinnamon

Drop on cake and bake for an additional 17 minutes.
Shake on powdered sugar and enjoy.

cover-cookbookYou can follow Roberta at Homemadedelish.com
Be sure to stop by and say hello to Roberta, who will be doing food demonstrations and handing out samples, at the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel and Culinary Expo at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on Feb. 21 and 22. You could win a one-night stay at the Times House.

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