Thursday, November 27, 2008

Apple Coffee Cake & Happy Thanksgiving!

apple coffee cake

Although Thanksgiving is not part of our culture, we embraced the speacial day ever since we have been here. Every year, we invited friends over to spend Thanksgiving with us. This Thanksgiving, however, we are back in sunny Malaysia, surrounded by our family for the first time in many years.

We are glad to be home, of course. But we also miss the time spent preparing the big meal. This year, we are lucky to have traditional homecooked meal prepared by mum. I know many of you are travelling today, so I hope you'll have a safe trip home!

From the "Fresh from the Oven" household, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

apple coffee cake

I don't have any Thanksgiving recipes to share, but may I recommend this Apple Coffee Cake for your post Thanksgiving breakfast? It's easy to make, yet the recipe yield a moist and generous serving. OCT colleagues loved it when he brought it to the lab meeting before we came back. I hope you will like it too!

apple coffee cake

Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze
adapted from

1 stick plus 2 teaspoons unsalted 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. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter.

In a large bowl, cream together the remaining 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.

note: I omit the glaze, because I think the cake is sweet enough.


Manggy said...

Hmm... Stressing over a huge meal or having one cooked for you at home by mum? Tough choice! ;) Happy Thanksgiving Mandy!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks yummy!

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Happy happy Thanksgiving! Lovelly cake, I love things with crumb toppings!

Stardust said...

Wow! Nothing beats being back home and savour mum's and local food. Have a great time in Malaysia!!

The coffee cake looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

mm, i loove coffee cake. this is the perfect breakfast during the fall :) hope you had a lovely thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Looks great, I havent tried apple and coffee togther in a a cake yet but this definitely will go in my list of cakes to bake:-)

Anonymous said...

this apple coffee cake looks just divine...hope you had a great thanksgiving!

Maria said...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! The apple cake looks delicious!!

Nazarina A said...

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! These apple coffee cake bars says it all!!! Scrumptious! I had no idea that you were Malaysian!!! I am too but was born in South Africa and moved to the States to attend College and have been celebrating Thanksgiving ever since. Happy Holidays and you are one lucky duck going to Malaysia( I wish I could visit}

Katie said...

This looks so good! Anything with apples is good in my book.

Deborah said...

This looks like my kind of coffee cake!!

My Taste Heaven said...

Looks great....I would love to try them!!

Linda said...

WOW...this is a great looking cake. I am going to make this over the CHristmas holidays.
Thanks for posting this recipe!!

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