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Old 04-13-2016, 05:21 PM   #1
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Crumb cake topping - cold or melted butter?

I have been looking for a NY style crumb topping, with the big crumbs - not crunchy, and I come across two schools of thought.

One says to use melted butter and the other to use cold butter.

Well that is not much help unless I want to try each recipe.

So what do you do to make the perfect crumb topping?

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Joe

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Old 04-13-2016, 05:25 PM   #2
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I usually use melted, but sometimes room temp butter when I remember to leave enough out for the crumb topping. I think the room temp probably makes bigger crumbs.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:09 PM   #3
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I always started with cold butter and cut it into the flour, sugar and spices. To get a larger crumb grab handfuls of the crumb mixture and squeeze it as you add it to the top of the cake, some will hold together in larger marble sized clumps and some will fall as smaller pea size crumbs.

The old recipes call for you to add the dry ingredients and cut the butter into them and then set aside a cup or so of the mixture for the topping before adding the wet ingredients. That is the type of recipe that I used because it was a little quicker and less involved. If the crumbs are more important than the cake then I would go for one of the Entenmann’s copycat recipes. They usually call for a separate topping recipe. Still squeeze handfuls of topping as you add it to the top of the cake to make larger crumbs.

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Old 04-14-2016, 10:29 AM   #4
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Great input, thank you for taking the time to reply.
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