If you have an abundance of grapes this season, delight your kids with back-to-school grape coffee cake recipe with crumble topping. Any color grape you have – green, purple, red – will work since this is the absolute best coffee cake recipe. Plus, at the end please leave us a comment with your own favorite back to school traditions – I’m making a list!
If you’ve got hungry kids this back-to-school season, throw this grape coffee cake recipe together and fill their tummies with goodness. This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite books, The Tasha Tudor Cookbook. Yes, Tudor fans – she has a cookbook.
- We highlighted another of her recipes here – Warm Cheese Souffle. Ah, that one’s a keeper.
- Oh, here’s another one inspired by her – our family’s holiday tradition of a Sweet Bread Christmas Tea Ring.
Grow Your Own Grapes
If you’re a gardener, grapes have a lot to recommend them as a backyard fruit. A fruit tree can take more than five years to fruit after it’s been planted. Most grapes vines will fruit inside three years after planting. Sweet!
- One of my favorite varieties to grow is Concord and you can read about their virtues here.
- If you do consider growing them, here are some good mulch ideas from Reformation Acres specifically for grapes.
Growing grapes is a good project for homestead kids because grapes are simple to maintain, but do require some work. They’re a good challenge in the garden, if you’re looking for a homestead kid project – especially if you home educate.
Plus, the best part for kids, grapes are really fun to harvest. A quick twist and whole bunches pop off into the basket. Inevitably, some fall into your mouth while you work, too.
A Few More Grape Resources
Grape Coffee Cake Recipe with Crumble Topping
Cooking with grapes is as easy as cooking with berries so don’t over-think this recipe. Any color grape will work well, though I prefer sun-ripened green or purple (like concords).
If you’re using store bought grapes, use red or purple grapes since most green grapes from the store really aren’t ever ripe enough.
Grape Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping
For Grape Coffee Cake
- 1/2 Cup Raw sugar, or any granulated sugar
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 4 Cups Fresh ground flour, Einkorn is preferred
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 1 tbsp. Baking powder
- 2 Eggs at room temperature
- 2 Cups Fresh whole milk
- 2-3 Cups Grapes - red, purple, or green
- 3/4 Cup Raw sugar
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- Pinch Sea salt
- 1/2 Cup Butter, room temperature
Mix the Coffee Cake
- Preheat oven to 375F/191C.
- Cream together the 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar.
- In a separate bowl sift together the 4 cups of flour, 1 tsp. of salt, and 1 Tbsp. of baking powder.
- In another bowl slight beat the 2 eggs into the 2 cups of milk.
- Alternating the dry ingredients and the milk mixture, combine all ingredients with the creamed butter. Mix well after each addition.
- Gently fold in the grapes. *
- Generously butter a 9 x 13 glass baking pan. You may use a 10" round pan instead. Pour batter into pan.
Mix the Topping
- Mix all the dry ingredients, then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two knives.
- Sprinkle over the top of your coffee cake. This topping can be doubled.
- Optional: Pulse 2 additional cups of grapes in a blender until minced. Add 1/2 cup of flour and mix until incorporated. Spread this mixture on the top of the cake batter before applying the crumble topping. This creates a delicious, fruity layer that dresses up the coffee cake making it extra special as a dessert.
Bake the Coffee Cake
- Place into a hot oven and cook for about forty minutes.
- Cover with foil for the last 15-20 minutes to prevent scorching of the sugary topping if your oven runs hot.
- Let rest for five minutes. Serve hot with butter or send along cold in a school lunch as a treat.
Grape Coffee Cake for Dessert
This recipe can be turned into dessert by adding a few extra grapes, a pinch more sugar, extra crumble topping, and baking it in a round dish to add some elegance.
Back to School Traditions
Since we home educate, the beginning of our school year is sort of fuzzy – we don’t really have a firm stop date and we don’t really have a firm start date. Every day is school!
However, once our groups and outside classes start in September, I like to do a few special things to give us a “back-to-school” feeling. Here are a few things we do:
- Make this grape coffee cake recipe OR cinnamon rolls – it depends on how the day before goes, honestly.
- I set the breakfast table with our good plates and put out all of the school supplies I’ve gathered. There’s something so exciting for this nerdy mom to set out all the pencils, paper, pens and glitter glue we’ll need for countless projects throughout the coming year. I love learning with my kids!
- Everyone gets to spend the day in their jammies if they want to, just because we can.
- When we lived in the city, we would also go to a museum or the zoo or someplace usually jam packed with people during the summer. With all the publicly educated kids back in school, these places are a lot emptier. For this outing, everyone MUST put town clothes on, but jammies can be reapplied after we get home.
Visit our article Why I Homestead on the Homestead if you’re thinking about homeschooling this year – let me know if you need help getting started!
What Readers are Saying
Here are few more back to school traditions from our readers:
Jaime, also a home educator, shared this:
“We don’t ever finish school, but every year, either in June or end of August, we do Ice Cream Dinner to celebrate our school year. All ice cream. We usually invite a tonne of people, have them bring toppings, and call it a party. My boys love it. This is going on 12 years now, and we never miss the chance.”
Jess, mom to lots of fabulous girls, share:
“We do a “back to school tea party”. We make fancy finger foods and break out the fancy china. I started it when McKenzie went to preschool and they have asked for it every year since. We discuss our goals for the year and something that we want to do better at home. It’s a lot of prep but so worth it!”
Allison shared a memory from her childhood:
“Dad gave each kid a father’s blessing. Mom filled the freezer with grab-able snacks (homemade cookies usually) to go with the sandwich and fruit cup. Everyone did their homework together, helping the slowpoke until they were done.”
For more homestead traditions and fun, grab your copy of Homestead Holidays!
If you STILL have grapes leftover from the harvest, I suggest you try these other great grape recipes: