Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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Summer is winding down. My 4th grader’s school supplies have been purchased. Time is just-a flying.
This is my favorite time of year. When I was a kid, I enjoyed school and looked forward to all those freshly sharpened pencils.
This coffee cake is a perfect after school snack. Or a perfect coffee accompaniment. Or a perfect after dinner dessert. It’s just perfect.
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This cake is baked in a cast-iron skillet, best friend of the kitchen. The dry ingredients are combined in a bowl. While the milk and egg mingle, the butter gets blended in.
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Two small apples or one larger one will do for the filling, sliced thin and doused with cinnamon sugar. Apples and cinnamon just go together. They do.
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Half the batter gets snuggly in the cast-iron skillet while the cinnamon sugar apples are arranged. The other half blankets the apples.
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The brown sugar and walnut topping gets sprinkled over top.
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Those beautiful butter bits will melt with the brown sugar and create a sweet and crunchy topping to the crumbly cake.
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It’s hard to wait for it to cool, but you better, if you know what’s good for you.
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
For the cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

For the filling:

  • 2 small or 1 medium apple, sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, blend in the butter until only small pieces remain. Add milk and egg. Mix until combined.

Spread half of this mixture into a seasoned cast iron skillet or your choice of greased pan.

Slice apples and place into a bowl with the cinnamon and sugar. Arrange apples on top of batter and spread remaining batter carefully over the top.

Combine topping ingredients with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of cake.

Bake for 35-45 minutes. Let cool and enjoy :)

If you liked this cake, you might want to try the Streusel Coffee Cake from last year or the Cranberry Crumb Cake.

apple cinnamon coffee cake

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