Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fantastic Apple-Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This is a great recipe if you need to bring something to a brunch! You can make it in the morning and then the cake can cool when you get ready and head to the brunch. Also it is a much tastier (and cheaper!) than buying a cake at the store or bakery.

Realistic Coffee Cake

Why I like this recipe: 

  • If I have an early morning, then I can make it the night before and let it cool overnight. The apples will keep the cake moist and rich.
  • It helps the host out by bringing a filling and yummy cake to take some things off their to do list. 
  • No hand mixing required (which is great since you probably will be making this in the morning or late evening)
  • Nothing beats a slightly cooled, yet still warm, coffeehouse style cake!
Coffee Cake for Breakfast

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 brown sugar

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake - Topped with blueberries
I began by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet, and once it turned golden and starting to smell wonderful, I added the apples. Stir the apples, and cover until they are tender, approximately 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, toss in 2 tablespoons of sugar, and allow the apples to cool to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch springform pan with the butter wrappers. Take the flour, remaining sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and stir. Add the butter (10 tablespoons) and whisk with a mixer until it has a crumb resemblance. Measure out 1 cup of the crumbs and put aside.

Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda into the mixer and add the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla on medium speed, fully combine the ingredients. The batter should be thick, but still fluffy and slightly airy looking.

Take the room temperature apples and fold into the mixture, scraping the sides and bottom making sure everything is mixed together. Pour the batter into your greased pan, smoothing and leveling the top.

Remember that 1 cup of crumbs you set aside? Now is time to add the nuts, brown sugar, and remaining cinnamon to the crumbs and mix with a fork or hand. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the cake and press down gently. Bake for 50 - 55 minutes, testing with a toothpick for completeness. When the cake is done, place on a cooling rack and allow to sit for 2 hours before serving.

The cool time is significant so you may want to make the night before.

Coffee Cake Cooling



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