The fragrance of orange coffee cake will bring your family and friends from the far corners of your home. This delicious and easy to prepare recipe is light and moist.

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water** or vanilla

Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, softened

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan.

Place the topping ingredients in a small bowl and stir with a fork, pressing the ingredients lightly against the sides of the bowl to force some of the orange oil into the sugar. Prepare the coffee cake by sifting the flour, salt, baking powder and 1/3 cup sugar together into a bowl; stir in 1 teaspoon of grated orange peel. In a large bowl combine the 1/4 cup melted butter, milk, orange juice, egg and orange blossom water and mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; stir until all are just moistened. Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 30 minutes.

Yield: 9 3-inch squares

*Magic: this recipe is exclusive to I Love You Recipes. It is from my personal, unpublished collection.

**Look for orange blossom water in Middle Eastern and European markets. In a pinch, you can often find it at your local liquor store, though you might experience sticker shock. You can delightfully enhance the flavor of purchased orange juice with just a few drops of orange blossom water.

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