Almost every Sunday morning growing up, my father would make a huge apple coffee cake for us after church. Recently I pulled this recipe from the Boston Globe; they had it listed as an apple cake for the Jewish high holidays. It tastes almost exactly like the breakfast cake I had growing up, although we topped ours with brown sugar and butter, not white sugar with cinnamon. For a scratch cake, it is very easy to make. Although the recipe says to use an electric mixer, if your butter is truly at room temp, you can do this easily by hand. I have reduced the sugar in the recipe, as the original recipe had a bit too much on the topping.
Apple Coffee Cake Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 medium Cortland or other baking apple, peeled and sliced
1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with or pie pan with a 4-cup capacity.
2 In a medium bowl, whisk vigorously together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
3 In a separate small bowl, mix 1/4 a cup of the sugar with the cinnamon, set aside.
4 Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating after each addition until just combined.
5 Pour half of the batter in the bottom of the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, reserving a teaspoon or two to sprinkle on top. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.
6 Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.