What could be better than a big slice of a sour-cream based coffee cake for breakfast? How about a sour cream-based coffee cake that has chunks of fresh apple, brown sugar and spices swirled throughout?
Apple pie coffee cake has it all: a dense cake rich made with both sour cream and real butter, slices of slightly softened apple and swirls of brown sugar mixed with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and a dash of cardamom.Juice from the apples saturates the batter as it bakes, creating an exceptionally moist cake. If there are any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator or freeze them to prevent mold.
Use Red or Golden Delicious, Jonathan or Macintosh apples for this recipe. They hold up well during baking and marry beautifully with the sugar and spice mixture.
Apple Pie Coffee Cake
3-4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. cardamom
2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
Prehead oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 5 loaf pan with non-stick baking spray.
Place apple slices in a medium bowl, and add lemon juice. Mix together 1/2 c. dark brown sugar and ground spices; coat apple slices thoroughly with sugar mixture and allow to macerate at room temperature while preparing the batter.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Place 1/2 c. light brown sugar and 1/2 c. granulated sugar in large mixing bowl. Melt butter; add vanilla to melted butter and pour over sugar. Mix on low speed until sugars are coated with butter mixture.
Add eggs and increase mixer speed to medium. Beat until eggs are thick and lemon-colored. Reduce mixer speed to low, and alternate additions of sour cream and flour. Once all ingredients have been added, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Gently fold in sliced apples, including the juice. Make sure that all apple slices are covered with batter. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 60 = 70 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.