Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apple Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping and a Brown Sugar Glaze

Thank you food network. Thank you. This is a 5 star recipe from Emeril Lagasse..and it lived up to 5 stars!

We went apple picking a week ago, so I have a large bag of apples (and over flow) that are begging to be baked. I've made apple muffins, apple sauce, my favorite apple crisp and now I'm going to the Apple Coffee Cake seen here. I'm making apple french toast for this weekend...I can hardly wait!

That being said- this was good! It was super moist, had great flavor, and I'm thrilled that I sent it to work with my husband! It would be terrible if I had it sitting here...

Apple Coffee Crumb Cake
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples

Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Brown Sugar Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Parchment line a 9x13.
In a large bowl, cream together the 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.

To make the glaze, in a bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix until smooth. Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let harden slightly. Serve warm.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oh man...

It's been too long since I've done anything related to this baking fiasco. I have been baking still, I just haven't been photographing anything. Usually my baking gets done and I quickly pack it up for my husbands office before the kids either a) stick fingers in it b) take bites out of it and put it back c) just plain eat it all. It's amazing how fast a 4 year old (almost 5) and his 3 year old little brother can do in the 15minutes I'm tied down nursing. Seriously...when I hear the feet running from the kitchen I'm sure that something has gotten into. I know you mom's know what I'm talking about.

My mom left her very nice camera here (by accident of course) so I've been snapping pictures up of the kids and in general trying to figure out a dslr. I'm having a blast with it and it reaffirms how much I want one!! So hopefully in the next few weeks I'll get a chance to photo what I plan to bake and get it up.

I will tell you on my list I'm hoping to get to some pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes and some really cute Halloween cupcakes too...hopefully recreate some of my favorite things I've made over the past few weeks - scratch that - months and get the photoed and back up on the blog. I might sneak in some savory dishes too.

Until then...