Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Apple Fritter Coffee Cake

This was another great recipe for our fall apples.  John really liked it and I caught him sneaking another piece before bedtime :)  I think the cake tasted even better the next day when the flavors blended a little more.  Although this cake is great cold or warm, we liked ours slightly warmed before eating.  

Recipe from: Nerdy Baker

 Ingredients

For Apple Filling:
1 heaping cup of sliced apples
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
small pinch nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
Crumb Filling
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used a 1/4 cup each of dark and light)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For Cake:
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup greek yogurt
For Glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk

Method

For filling:  Make your filling by combining apples, sugar, water, cinnamon and cornstarch in a small saucepan.  Cook on low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce is thickend and the apples are a bit soft.  Set aside to cool.  In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together until well combined and set aside.
For Cake:  Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add applesauce and vanilla and mix till combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter in three parts alternating with the yogurt in two parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Beat until just combined.
Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.  Spoon the cooled apple mixture over the batter carefully and spread as evenly as possible.  Sprinkle 2/3 of brown sugar cinnamon mixture over apples and cover with the rest of the batter.  Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture over the top.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
For Glaze:  While the cake is baking, make the glaze.  In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until the glaze is desired consistency.  When the cake comes out of the oven, wait 5 minutes, then carefully pour icing onto hot cake.  Try to pour as evenly as possible.  You might have to pick up the cake and tilt it to spread the icing.  Let the cake sit for awhile for the glaze to set.

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