Why Is This Coffeecake Different Than All Others?

My dear friend Yamini, an Indian-American living in Sweden, just poked me on Facebook with the following:

OK, so I was looking for a cake recipe that uses sour cream and found this one for Jewish Coffee Cake. I’m curious as to why this is called so?

If you peruse the ingredients, you will not see schmaltz, guilt or the blood of Christian children on the list. Other than being an obvious kawfee-klatch favorite, can anyone help me explain to Yamini what exactly makes this cake Jewish?

It looks pretty durn delicious, actually. But it’s only two days ’til Passover and we’re already down to a heel of bread and a few crumbs of Life cereal. I ain’t bringin’ it any more chametz home ’til Pizza Night next Thursday. Maybe Yam will bake Jewish Coffee Cake and let me know how the Indian Swedes make it their own?

3 thoughts on “Why Is This Coffeecake Different Than All Others?

  1. cruel Yo, very cruel, putting yummy chometz pics up two nights before seder … you & EYM want to come over here & help me consume the beer in my fridge??

  2. It’s the sour cream. Until the proliferation of “California Dip” in the 1960s – sour cream was not super common in American cooking and considered an exotic/ethnic ingredient

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