AUTUMN APPLE COFFEE CAKE

There is no better way to celebrate the fall season then to have a scrumtious and moist apple coffee cake with real apple slices on top. Apples have been long associated with the autumn season and if you're like me you probably have quite a bit of apples at your house too. This apple cake truly is the taste of fall and the cinnamon in the cake only further enhances the apple flavour. If you feel like having apple pie and don't feel like making a crust this just might be the recipe for you.

This recipe has been modified and adapted from Elise's "Apple Coffee Cake" recipe from http://www.simplyrecipes.com/ Post dated: October 7, 2005. Originated from: The Boston Globe

Serves 6

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F.
Baking time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp of lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 medium granny smith or golden delicious apples, peeled and sliced thin

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and grease and lightly flour a 9" cake pan. In a mixing bowl, add in flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger and the lemon zest. Then in a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup of sugar and the cinnamon and set it aside for now.

2. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter with the remaining sugar, then add in the egg and the 1/2 cup of milk. Add in the flour mixture and gently incorporate all of the ingredients together until you see no more flour. Peel and slice the two apples.

3. Pour and spread half of the batter into the cake pan and arrange the apple slices on top, then sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the apples. Note: you should be using one apple per layer.


4. Pour the remaining batter on top of the sliced apples and spread it around to cover. Arrange the rest of the apple slices and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Put it into the oven and bake it for 30-35 minutes. The cake should be golden on top and firm to the touch. Serve warm or room temperature and enjoy!


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