© Stephanie Meyer
Active Time
40 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 45 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8

Caramelized apples and pecan-laced streusel make Andrew Zimmern’s lightly spiced crumb cake totally irresistible. Plus: Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures Slideshow: Terrific Coffee Cake Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    Prepare the Apples

In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apples, raisins, sugar and lemon juice and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook the apples over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until they’re very soft and caramelized, 20 to 30 minutes; add water by the tablespoonful if the apples get too dry. Let cool to room temperature.

Step 2    Meanwhile, Make the Streusel

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and pecans. Rub the butter into the mixture until coarse crumbs form.

Step 3    Make the Cake

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder, baking soda, allspice and salt. In another medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, cream the 4 tablespoons of butter with the sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg until incorporated. At low speed, beat in the buttermilk and the flour mixture in 3 alternating batches, ending with the flour mixture. Fold in the apples.

Step 4    Make the Cake

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter and bake for about 45 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool completely. Serve with whipped cream.

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