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OK, all of you loyal poll workers out there, get ready... get set... get on your battle gear, and man your station at the high school gym! Our thanks to all of you who so selflessly sacrifice yourselves on the altar of confusion, anxiety, and impatience, as you make it possible for American democracy to do its job. In honor of your long day at the polls, we offer this overnight coffeecake, guaranteed to sweeten the disposition of the most overwrought voting-list clerk or ballot-box tender. Tote this cake along to your polling place; just be sure to hide it from those long lines of breakfast-deprived voters!
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/4 ounces) brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon orange oil or 1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) yogurt, plain or vanilla
2 1/2 cups (10 5/8 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) Signature Secrets Culinary Thickener (optional)*
1 to 1 1/2 cups (3 1/2 to 5 1/4 ounces) coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
Streusel Topping Mix, prepared OR 2/3 cup (4 1/2 ounces) brown sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*The Signature Secrets will help prevent the cranberries from sinking and making a gooey layer on the bottom of the cake.
Cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, salt, sugars, orange oil, and sweet dough flavor or vanilla until well combined and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and thickener. Add the flour to the butter mixture alternately with the yogurt, stirring to combine.
Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Sprinkle the cranberries over the top, pressing them in gently.
Topping: Prepare the Streusel Topping Mix, or mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the topping over the cake in an even layer. Bake it in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove it from the oven, and bring it with you to the polls, along with a knife to cut it into squares. Serve it right from the pan. Yield: 24 servings.