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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

This cake is simple and quick to make and simply delicious to eat!   A wonderful way to enjoy and showcase apples this season.   It's tender, moist, full of apples and  topped with a good 'ole sweet and crunchy streusel.  Sometimes simple is good, and this time it's really good!!  Oh and one more thing ~ this makes your house smell wonderful while baking :)
1 1/4 cup flour
2 1/4 tsps. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
4 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 granny smith or cameo apples, peeled, cored and chopped about 1 3/4 cups
1/2 light brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
3 Tbsps cold unsalted butter cut into small squares
1 tsp cinnamon
Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9" square baking pan.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine the flour baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.  In another bowl beat the egg and then mix in the milk and melted butter.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, add the apples and mix well.  Pour this batter into the baking dish. 
 Make the streusel:  mix the brown sugar, flour, cold butter and cinnamon in a bowl and cut the butter in with your fingers until you get a coarse meal texture.  Sprinkle streusel over the top of the batter.
Bake the cake for about 30-35 minutes - this is the part when your house starts smelling so good - until golden and dry on top.  Cool in the pan and then cut into squares.  This cake will keep for up to 4 days, covered, at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from Gale Gand's Brunch! book ~ Quick Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

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