apple crumb coffee cakes


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apple crumb coffee cakes: food & wine november 2011
makes 12
(printable recipe)


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

crumb cakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg, beaten
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely diced

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Make the streusel:

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle, combine the flour with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter pieces and mix at medium-low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal; continue mixing the streusel until very small clumps form. Transfer the streusel to a large plate or bowl and refrigerate until it is well chilled, about 10 minutes.

Make the cakes:

Line 12 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. Spray the liners with vegetable oil cooking spray (or just spray the muffin tin) In the mixer bowl, combine the flour with the granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and beat at low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the sour cream and beaten egg and beat until the batter is smooth. Add the diced apple and beat just until incorporated.

Fill the muffin cups about three quarters full with the crumb cake batter. Press the streusel into clumps and sprinkle on top. Bake the crumb cakes in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until risen, golden and springy to the touch; rotate the pans halfway through baking. Let the crumb cakes cool slightly before serving.

Tasting Notes: This is my favorite kind of recipe. It is easy and you probably have most of the ingredients all ready in your refrigerator and pantry. Within an hour you could have these little lovelies in your hand. A Sunday snack because who turns down warm baked goods on a Sunday afternoon? Nobody, that's who! You know how sometimes coffee cake be dry and flavorless? Not these, soft and moist, full of flavor from the bits of apple, cinnamon, and sour cream. Plus, they are topped in streusel! I wish everything could be topped in streusel.


Susanne said...

I am guessing 145,000 dollars on the hospital stay and I am lowballing it. I love your blog and your recipes. I am definitley going to have to try your apple crumb cake.

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch said...

I'm guessing 215,000 on the visit! But on another note! Yumm. These look delish!

Sharon said...

I would love to have the immersion blender. Have always wanted one.