February 14, 2010

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon and Sugar

We Are More (by Shane Koyczan)

When defining Canada
you might list some statistics
you might mention our tallest building
or biggest lake
you might shake a tree in the fall
and call a red leaf Canada
you might rattle off some celebrities
might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie
might even mention the fact that we've got a few
Barenaked Ladies
or that we made these crazy things
like zippers
electric cars
and washing machines
when defining Canada
it seems the world's anthem has been
" been there done that"
and maybe that's where we used to be at
it's true
we've done and we've been
we've seen
all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine
and turned into theme parks
but when defining Canada
don't forget to mention that we have set sparks
we are not just fishing stories
about the one that got away
we do more than sit around and say "eh?"
and yes
we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One
who inspired little number nines
and little number ninety-nines
but we're more than just hockey and fishing lines
off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes
and some say what defines us
is something as simple as please and thank you
and as for you're welcome
well we say that too
but we are more
than genteel or civilized
we are an idea in the process
of being realized
we are young
we are cultures strung together
then woven into a tapestry
and the design
is what makes us more
than the sum total of our history
we are an experiment going right for a change
with influences that range from a to zed
and yes we say zed instead of zee
we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy
we dream so big that there are those
who would call our ambition an industry
because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow
we do more than grow wheat and brew beer
we are vineyards of good year after good year
we reforest what we clear
because we believe in generations beyond our own
knowing now that so many of us
have grown past what used to be
we can stand here today
filled with all the hope people have
when they say things like "someday"
someday we'll be great
someday we'll be this
or that
someday we'll be at a point
when someday was yesterday
and all of our aspirations will pay the way
for those who on that day
look towards tomorrow
and still they say someday
we will reach the goals we set
and we will get interest on our inspiration
because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks
more than backpacks and hiking trails
we are hammers and nails building bridges
towards those who are willing to walk across
we are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss
we are not the see-through gloss or glamour
of those who clamour for the failings of others
we are fathers brothers sisters and mothers
uncles and nephews aunts and nieces
we are cousins
we are found missing puzzle pieces
we are families with room at the table for newcomers
we are more than summers and winters
more than on and off seasons
we are the reasons people have for wanting to stay
because we are more than what we say or do
we live to get past what we go through
and learn who we are
we are students
students who study the studiousness of studying
so we know what as well as why
we don't have all the answers
but we try
and the effort is what makes us more
we don't all know what it is in life we're looking for
so keep exploring
go far and wide
or go inside but go deep
go deep
as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss
and suddenly there was this location scout
trying to figure some way out
to get inside you
because you've been through hell and high water
and you went deep
keep exploring
because we are more
than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
we are more than hills to ski
or countryside ponds to skate
we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can't wait
we are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes
a country that is all the ways you choose to live
a land that can give you variety
because we are choices
we are millions upon millions of voices shouting
" keep exploring... we are more"
we are the surprise the world has in store for you
it's true
Canada is the "what" in "what's new?"
so don't say "been there done that"
unless you've sat on the sidewalk
while chalk artists draw still lifes
on the concrete of a kid in the street
beatboxing to Neil Young for fun
don't say you've been there done that
unless you've been here doing it
let this country be your first-aid kit
for all the times you get sick of the same old same old
let us be the story told to your friends
and when that story ends
leave chapters for the next time you'll come back
next time pack for all the things
you didn't pack for the first time
but don't let your luggage define your travels
each life unravels differently
and experiences are what make up
the colours of our tapestry
we are the true north
strong and free
and what's more
is that we didn't just say it
we made it be. 


(makes 2 loaves)
2 sticks butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 loaf pans.

Cream butter, sugar and eggs in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.

Combine sour cream and vanilla. Add to butter mixture.

In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually, add flour mixture to sour cream mixture, stirring until just combined.

Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl. Pull half of the cake batter into 2 loaf pans. Sprinkle half of topping over. Pull remaining batter over toppings. Finish with remaining topping. 

Bake at 350F until toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 45 mins.


Cooking Meow said...

2 sticks butter, may I know how many grams?


Trix said...

Awesome Canada poem! And of course awesome cake ; )

Belinda @zomppa said...

Yay Canada! Congrats on that gold. Wish I had some of that cake right now.

Divina Pe said...

Awesome cake and poem. But I would rather have your cake. :)

angela@spinachtiger said...

Great poem, tribute and cake.

Anncoo said...

I will go for the cake :) Happy Lunar New Year!

Anonymous said...

The cake looks wonderful with cinnamon! And I love the poem!

Kat said...

I'm tempted to make this right now!

CheapAppetite said...

That's a great poem. I love the line "We do more than sit around and say "eh?" " And the ending is really great:) So is your coffee cake. You're really good at combining flavors. Another great combination from lululu.

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful poem about Canada! I love coffee cake but look like there's no coffee in the ingredients. Have you forgotten? I love the crunchy top with walnuts. Would go great with a cup of tea....yum.

Heavenly Housewife said...

WOnderful poem and even more wonderful cake! Wow, lately you have been making so much awesome stuff. I want to come over :)
*kisses* HH

bonnie said...

Great poem, ohh and the cake-NICE!!


Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Love them both! The cake and the poem!

My Little Space said...

Hey Lulu,
'gong xi fat chai' & 'xin nien kuai le' to you & your family! Wishing you all the very best throught the year of tiger.
Best wishes,
p/s here's some mandarin oranges @@@ (black & white only!) for you! haha...

Olive ♥ said...

it would be nice to have that coffee cake (with a cup of coffee of course) while reading that poem :)... lovely poem..delicious cake! Thanks for sharing both! :)

P.S Ethan's growing up fast, he is still as cute :)

Maya said...

I am homesick now :)

Table Talk said...

Congrats on the big hockey win yesterday---nice to see Canada win gold on the final day.
I am a sucker for a good coffee cake, and this one sounds right up my alley with lots of cinnamon!

Wit,wok and wisdom said...

Your Sour cream coffee cake looks awesome!:)Just can't wait to bake one of my own...hope it turns out as nice as yours!By the way,I am relatively new to the blogging world and found your blog to be a terrific read!Please do visit my blog sometime!Hugs for your lovely son!