Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

the cake:
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped apples, not too chunky

the crumb topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tbsp margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch round pan (the kind with the removable bottom is good.)

2. Prepare crumb topping: Using a fork or your fingers, mix crumb topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Stop mixing when everything looks crumbly and non-uniform. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, thoroughly sift flour with other dry ingredients.

4. In a small bowl, beat the egg, then combine with milk and oil.

5. Pour wet ingredients into dry, then add chopped apples and mix well.

6. Scoop and spread batter (batter will be very lumpy and not at all runny) into the pan. Sprinkle with the crumb topping, and place in the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.