Mise en place.
I usually bring the stuff I bake to work, so I wanted to try something out that could be a "morning"-ish item- or at least pretend to be (the same way most muffins and donuts are "breakfast" foods, haha). I decided on this chocolate chip coffee cake recipe from Pete Bakes , because it sounded tasty and I also had some sour cream to use up. The recipe came together fairly easily- the only issue I had was with the layering portion. The dough was v. thick and gloppy, and hard to spread into the pan. I also didn't seem to have enough of the dough to cover 2 layers, much less one solid layer. So, you can't really tell in the photo, but I barely had enough dough for the top layer of the coffee cake. Next time I might just mix the cinnamon mixture throughout one single layer instead.
All dough issues aside, the coffee cake came out of the oven smelling delicious. As instructed, I waited for the cake to cool to cut it, and the chips remained intact. It was crumbly, cinnamon-y, buttery - everything you hope for in a coffee cake. This would be fantastic for a brunch or breakfast party, especially if you're like me and this seems like a perfectly acceptable thing to eat first thing in the morning, haha. Hey, I'd rather eat this over eggs any day!