Not Dinah Eicher’s Coffee Cake by Jennifer Beckstrand

Note from Lily: This is the best coffee cake I’ve ever tasted. And nae, I have not tried Dinah Eicher’s recipe.

Ingredients for the cake

¾ cup butter, softened
2 cups (scant) sugar
3 cups sifted flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ cup whole milk
3 egg whites, beaten until stiff

Ingredients for the topping

¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup flour
1½ cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1½ cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat egg whites and set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined. Don’t overbeat. Fold in beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula. Spread in a well-greased 9-x-13 baking pan. A cake pan with higher sides is best.

In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of the batter. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or or until no longer jiggly. Serve warm.



Their bees produce the most delectable honey in all of Wisconsin. And the three Christner girls are fondly known as The Honeybee Sisters throughout their peaceful Amish community–where their spirited sweetness is attracting any number of hopeful suitors. . .

Lively, determined, and independent, Poppy Christner isn’t about to let some vandal keep making mischief on her family’s farm. She’s been outrunning boys and standing up for picked-on children ever since she was a girl–no matter how much her prideful, arrogant schoolmate Luke Bontrager insulted her. So Poppy certainly doesn’t need his interference now, especially since he’s made it plain he prefers demure, ladylike companions. In fact, if Luke doesn’t stop helping her find the culprit–and growing humble and remorseful–she’ll be forced to notice how handsome his change-of-heart is making him. And that could mean falling in love–maybe for a lifetime…

Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand and her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series

“Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs.” —Publishers Weekly

“A delightful voice in Amish romance. Sweet and funny.” –Emma Miller