Apple Coffee Cake and Spring
Good Morning Everyone!
How are you doing today? I hope you all are having a lovely day. Can you feel it? Spring is definitely in the air. I finally was able to pack away the heavy comforters on the beds and bring out the light, Spring sheets. I love Spring! Though it can be a time for seasonal allergies, it is also a time for warmer air, still-cool nights, and the first signs of things blooming. Around here, one of our favorite things to do in Spring is to feed the ducks at our local pond.
My daughter squeals everytime she sees the new baby ducklings waddling all over the grass. Okay, I do too. But how can you resist such cute, feathery, little, fluff balls?! 🙂
Anyway, onto this recipe. Spring always reminds me of Easter. And Easter always reminds me of the church I attended when I was a little girl. It was an old cathedral-style church that was brick on the outside with a huge steeple on top. Inside there was a giant, winding staircase that lead up to five different floors. My favorite memory was running up those flights of stairs, (oh to be a child with that much energy), and noticing that every floor had different colored carpeting.
There was also a large social hall at the bottom where all of the families congregated. Plates upon plates of cookies, cakes, and breads were laid out for the adults to nosh on. Coffee cake was one of my favorite treats to try. If you’ve never had it before… stop what you’re doing and bake this up right now. It’s delicious and I promise there isn’t a drop of coffee to be found in this cake. (But it does pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea).
From start to finish this coffee takes about 10 minutes of prep and 45 minutes to bake. There is an optional butter-sugar crumble that you can add for sweetness. I decided to leave it off mine as the apples and sugar in the cake already provide plenty. However if you don’t want a crumble, others prefer to dust their coffee cake with powdered sugar, or give it a drizzle of vanilla glaze. Enjoy this delicious treat everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
Apple Coffee Cake
Yields: 16 servings
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar (can use dark brown sugar, the cake will just be darker)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup yogurt (plain or flavoured) or 1 cup light sour cream or 1 cupsour cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups peeled cored and chopped apples (use Granny Smith or another tart apple)
- 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter.
- In a large bowl, cream together the remaining stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after the addition of each. In a separate bowl or on a piece of parchment, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla. Fold in the apples. Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.
- To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.