Ease into fall with this buttery coffee cake studded with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping.
This morning when I walked out the door the air felt…different. I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt and while I wasn’t uncomfortably cold, something made me run back inside and grab a sweatshirt. Slipping into a fleecy hooded sweatshirt just felt right.
It’s that time, friends. And I think I’m finally ready.
As proof, I broke out the first apple baked goods of the season. While the days are still rather hot around these parts, the mornings are cool and crisp. It’s the kind of weather that begs for something a little cozier than a bowl of cereal, something like this Apple Crumb Coffee Cake.
Warm, sweet, and gently spiced this is just the thing to ease you into fall. It’s not super in-your-face with the Autumn-ness. There’s no brazen pumpkin spice, no overpowering scent of cloves, and definitely no hint at Halloween. Instead there’s the subtle scent of cinnamon, a hint of nutmeg, and the just-barely-there crunch of apples. It’s Autumn goodness, but in a super chill, non-confrontational way.
I’m going to cut to the chase here. This Apple Crumb Cake is an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast. This is nothing new, of course. We’ve been coming up with ways to eat cake for breakfast for centuries. Pancakes, waffles, muffins. They’re all cake, people.
But of all the cake-for-breakfast incarnations out there, the coffee cake did the worst job at hiding it’s dessert-ness. I can just imagine the recipe development meeting now.
Guy #1: Hmmmmm….pancakes seem to be a hit and we managed to slip muffins through, but we really need another way to eat cake for breakfast.
Guy #2: I know! Let’s see…What if we made a cake, topped it with a buttery crumble and then drizzled it with sugar syrup! That totally makes it breakfast, right?
Guy #1: By golly, I think you’re on to something. Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee. In fact, I think we’ll call it Coffee Cake!
And that’s how we’ve been enjoying cake for breakfast all these years.
I’m not even going to try to convince you that this is healthy. It’s not. It’s buttery cake topped with buttery crumble topped with cider-spiked glaze….with a little bit of fruit in the middle. In other words, it’s darn delicious.
So trade in your swimsuit for some stretchy pants, grab a blanket, and cozy up with some Apple Crumb Coffee Cake. It’s fall, and it’s totally allowed. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get to work on my sweater body. The batter is quite thick and will have to be spread thin to fit the 9 x 13 inch pan. It will rise in the oven.
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Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion
The batter is quite thick and will have to be spread thin to fit the 9 x 13 inch pan. It will rise in the oven.