Sunday, August 16, 2009

Apple Pie Coffe Cake

Nothing spells warmth like the smell of apples and cinnamon wafting from your oven. My Apple Pie Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast confection for a crisp fall morning and will fill your kitchen with those warming scents. If you like your breakfasts to be a bit more on the savory side than this cake makes a delicious dessert when served with ice cream.

This recipe came about one morning when I wanted an apple danish but didn't want to go through the work to make up a batch. Never one to totally deny a craving,I gathered up some ingredients from the pantry and started mixing. I crossed my fingers and hoped that something edible would come out of it. It did, oh it did! The recipe is not that imaginative but it's sweet, aromatic and absolutely delectable!

*A couple of notes: In place of yellow cake mix you can use spice cake (in this case, omit cinnamon and allspice) or white cake instead. I also usually use 2 tablespoons of apple butter or applesauce in place of the oil, any of them will work just fine. If desired you can add the pie filling to a food processor before adding it to the cake batter. This provides a more even flavor and texture to the cake, though it is not necessary. If you prefer to make your own apple pie filling I listed a recipe at the bottom of the post.


Apple Pie Coffee Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 box of butterscotch pudding mix (3.4 oz)
1 can apple pie filling (21 oz)*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Mix together: cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil*, spices and apple juice/cider. Slowly stir in apple pie filling, incorporating well. Pour into greased 13x9 baking dish and cook at 350 for about 33 minutes (it will be a little wobbly in the middle so don't expect it to be as firm as a typical cake). Let it cool for 5 minutes and drizzle with glaze.

Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract
2 tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake and let harden.


*Homemade Apple Pie Filling

6 medium Cooking apples about 2 lbs
1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Brown sugar
2 tablespoons Flour
2 teaspoons Lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. In a large bowl, toss with the other ingredients. Let stand for 30 minutes. Cook over medium heat till mixture begins to thicken.
For a printable version of this pie filling recipe visit the link below:
Apple Pie Filling



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