Apple-Cinnamon-Crumb Coffee Cake
My wife kept asking me to make this coffee cake. I decided to make one for our downstairs neighbor as well. I could not help but feel moved for them. Our neighbors just had a baby girl after a whole gaggle of only boys (yes, they do sound like a heard of elephants at times.) This just after her mother passed away. She named the baby after her mother. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to make two! :)
Mis en place:
The "Ez Man" was with me for moral support.
O.K. So here is the scene. It's Friday afternoon. 3 hours till the onset of the Sabbath (candle-lighting at sunset.) I have two coffee cakes and one batch of challahs to make. Once candle time hits, the toaster I can no longer use electricity, cook or bake (and was not about to leave my toaster on for the next 24 hours.) It was a made dash to make it, take pictures and take care of the kids as well (as well as some other odds and ends.) You know, standard Friday stuff. ;)
I do not have a 2 1/2 inch so I tried to hike it up a bit.
Crumb topping dry ingredients.
Apples and lemon juice.
Crumb topping with the butter and such.
Lovely textured batter. Funny how it reminds me of the north poler ice cap on the red planet.
Here it is, however it was not without incident. After putting on the cinnamon in the middle of the batter I forgot to put the apples! I howled and jumped in frustration as I tried to take the batter off the top of the cinnamon while ignoring the wife's sarcastic comments. I finally got some semblance of order with the surrounding baking paper being the only real casualty. Even though I doubled the recipe both cakes did not really go up too high. The one below is the highest of the two.
I am not really sure of the point of preparing these guys and it all sort of glommed together as I poured on to the cake.
Mmm. Smells good. One more cake to go!
The second cake I remembered to put the apples first (and take a picture!)
Verdict. Mmm. It was sooo good and not that hard to make. Finished both cakes just under the (proverbial) nose. The neighbor downstairs was touched.