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Irish Apple Cake

Irish Apple Cake

Ingredients

For the Streusel Topping
6 tbsp cold salted butter, cut into small cubes
¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ cup rolled oats
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
For the Cake
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
cup salt
3 tbsp milk
2 granny smith, pink lady or gala apples sliced thin

Directions

Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter & parchment to line the bottom.

Assemble the streusel topping. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, oats, sugar and salt. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until the streusel resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the cake: Using a stand mixer & paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light & fluffy. Add the vanilla, then beat in the eggs one at a time. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. With a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet along with the milk.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Layer the apples over the top, then sprinkle the streusel over the apples.

Bake the cake for 60 to 70 minutes. The top should be golden brown and crisp. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake should come out virtually crumb free. Remove from the oven, let cake cool a bit before flipping it onto a cooling rack or cake platter.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skillet Banana Bread with Double-Crumb Topping

Recipe: Skillet Banana Bread with Double-Crumb Topping

Ingredients

Banana Bread
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, room temperature
3 medium sized very ripe bananas, mashed (to equal 1 1/4 cups)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Double-Crumble Topping
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350˚ with the rack in the middle.
Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet (or any heatproof skillet) with butter or vegetable oil.

For the Banana Bread

Melt the butter and let it cool to room temperature. Mix the cooled butter with the brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the egg, mashed banana and vanilla.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in another bowl.

Add the banana mixture into the flour mixture, combining well. Do not over mix.

Transfer the batter into the prepared skillet, smooth with top with the back of a spoon or spatula. Top with the crumble, pressing the crumble gently down into the batter with your fingers. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

For the Double-Crumble Topping

Combine the sugars, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add the flour and stir with a rubber spatula until mostly combine. Using clean fingers, mix until everything is well combined.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Pecan Morning Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

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Recipe: Coffee Cake Banana Bread

Ingredients

Directions

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Recipe: Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel Topping

Ingredients

Directions

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Recipe: Maple Pecan Morning Muffins

We love these Maple Pecan Morning Muffins recipe that are quick and easy to bake up. They are a just right breakfast that you will crave as an afternoon snack too!

12 muffins

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 large egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
–streusel topping
3 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped pecans
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp cold butter

Preheat oven to 400˚ with the rack in the middle. Prepare a standard muffin pan with liners.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, maple syrup, yogurt, egg and vanilla.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
In a bowl combine the streusel topping ingredients until crumbly.
Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. Top each muffin cup with some streusel.
Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out virtually crumb free.
Cool for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Coffee Cake Banana Bread

We can’t get enough of this Coffee Cake Banana Bread recipe, great for breakfast, brunch & snacks! Brown butter adds to the deliciousness!

10-12 slices

1/2 cup unsalted butter
3-4 medium or large very ripe bananas
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sour cream or Greek yogurt
–crumble topping
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Grease a 9X5 loaf pan with butter or baking spray.
In a medium stainless steel skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to heat until it foams, pops and crackles. You will start to see brown flecks. Transfer to a bowl to let cool.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon.
Mix the brown butter, sugar and eggs into the banana mixture.
To the wet ingredients, sift in flour, baking soda and salt. Combine well. Mix in the sour cream.
Using clean fingers, combine all the streusel ingredients in a medium bowl. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Top with the streusel.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a serving platter.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel Topping

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith