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Apple S(crumb)-Diddly-Umptious Coffee Cake

September 22, 2010

Coffee is great, but coffee cake? Paired with a hot, steaming cup of joe, this coffee cake is the cure for the Monday blues, a moody rainy day, or, you know, a hungry stomach.

I don’t say this often, but this coffee cake is one of the best things I have ever made. It is so moist, so crumbly, so freakin’ good. I not only had this for breakfast just about every day this week, but for dinner, too.

Apple coffee cake. Photograph by Katie Currid.

I got most of this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but the original is for rhubarb coffee cake and took out a few spices. Not being a fan of rhubarb (OK, I haven’t ever had it…), I substituted what I had been craving (and had excessive amounts of) — apples.

Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

For the apple filling, you’ll need:

2 apples, quartered (mine were a bit ripe)

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

For the crumbs, you’ll need:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 3/4 cups flour

For the cake, you’ll need:

1/3 cup sour cream

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

6 T butter, softened and cut into pieces

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Toss chopped apples with sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

2. To make crumbs, whisk sugar, spices, salt and melted butter in a medium-size bowl. Add flour. Mash together until it looks like dough. Press to the bottom of the bowl and set aside.

3. In small bowl, stir egg, egg yolk, sour cream and vanilla. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add butter and spoonful of sour cream. Beat with electric mixer, gradually adding the remaining sour cream mixture. Scoop out 1/2 cup batter and set aside.

4. Scrap remaining cake batter into baking pan. Pour apple mixture over cake batter. Add remaining 1/2 cup of cake batter onto apple mixture.

5. Using your (clean) fingers, grab large chunks of crumb mixture and sprinkle on top of cake batter. Ideally, you want the chunks to be very large, about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Try to make the crumbs various sizes, though. After applying entire crumb mixture, place in oven for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick is removed cleanly.

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