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Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes
© Con Poulos

Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: Makes 18 muffins
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

"I add everything from fresh blueberries to chocolate chips," says Spike Gjerde of the delicious crumb coffee cake he will serve all day at his upcoming Baltimore spot, Artifact Coffee. "Of course the cakes are great with just diced apple, too."

Streusel

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Crumb Cakes

  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  8. 3/4 cup sour cream
  9. 1 large egg, beaten
  10. 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely diced
  1. MAKE THE STREUSEL Preheat the oven to 350°. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the flour with the brown sugar and salt. Add the butter pieces and mix at medium-low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal; continue mixing the streusel until very small clumps form. Transfer the streusel to a large plate and refrigerate until it is well chilled, about 10 minutes.
  2. MAKE THE CRUMB CAKES Line 18 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. Spray the liners with vegetable oil cooking spray. In the mixer bowl, combine the flour with the granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and beat at low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the sour cream and beaten egg and beat until the batter is smooth. Add the diced apple and beat just until incorporated.
  3. Fill the muffin cups halfway with the crumb cake batter. Press the streusel into clumps and sprinkle on top. Bake the crumb cakes in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until risen, golden and springy to the touch; rotate the pans halfway through baking. Let the crumb cakes cool slightly before serving.
Make Ahead The crumb cakes can be made 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container. Rewarm before serving.
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