Saturday, January 1, 2011

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

The Mouse House is back!

I took what was meant to be a short break this fall - which turned into a four month sabbatical. I’ve been cooking all along – and meaning to share (I have the pictures to prove it) – and instead got caught in a bout of ennui.

Today’s the beginning of a new year – 1.1.11 – the perfect day to break the cycle. I’m starting with an old favorite: apple sour cream coffee cake. It is a recipe I used to make regularly – it’s one of Allison’s favorites; after she left home for college I stopped making it.

I got the urge to make this at Thanksgiving; a perfect time to bake and share. So in honor of breaking my Mouse House sabbatical, I give you Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

½ cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Medium cooking apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
½ cup butter
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon double acting baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

About 2 hours ahead or day before:

In small bowl, combine nuts, ½ cup sugar, and cinnamon; set aside.
Peel, core, and thinly slice apple. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 9” tube pan.

In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat 1 cup sugar with butter until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat at low speed until blended, constantly scraping bowl with rubber spatula. At medium speed, beat 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl.

Spread half of batter in pan. Top with 1/3 of the nut mixture, then add 1 medium cooking apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced, then 1/3 of the nut mixture. Spread with remaining batter and nut mixture. Bake 65 to 70 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

1 comment:

  1. Nancy, welcome back from your "sabbatical" and I'm sure I'm not the only one happy you're back to sharing. What's the difference (ok, it's obvious in the name, but...) between regular and double acting baking powder? This looks fabulous! Happy New Year, my friend!