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Kickin' it Ol' School: Earlez Grille's version of LAUSD coffee cake
Kickin' it Ol' School: Earlez Grille's version of LAUSD coffee cake

If you grew up in the Los Angeles, your fond memories of high school may include the warm coffee cake served mornings in district cafeterias — a dense, fragrant confection of yellow cake dusted with a sandy topping of cinnamon sugar, plain but comforting, especially when you chased it with a gulp or two of milk. What did kids at Dorsey and Crenshaw have over their compatriots at fancy suburban high schools? That coffee cake. Also much better football teams. During summer vacations, my mother, who taught at Dorsey for more than 25 years, would try to reverse-engineer that cake, with varying degrees of success. Her cakes were often better than the original, but they never quite...

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