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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Indian Summer



After an unusually cold summer, we are  currently experiencing an Indian Summer. This is what it looks like where I live. It is absolutely gorgeous weather!  I spent the afternoon walking around, taking lots of pictures.  They didn't quite turn out as well  as I had hoped, I am going to blame the camera, but it is more likely the photographer.




I love Autumn. It truly is my favourite time of year. I love summer as much as the next guy, but there is just something special about Autumn. The leaves changing colour, the crisp air, cozy sweaters, pumpkins, sitting around a fireplace, Halloween,  and apples, of course.
















Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake                    

2 medium apples, peeled and sliced thinly
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg  plus milk to make 1 cup
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp cold butter
2 Tbsp. Flour

Saute the apples in a pan with a little butter and cinnamon, until golden brown and softened. Let cool. Mix together the dry ingredients in a lightly greased square 9x9 inch pan. Add the oil, milk and egg, and apples. Stir until just combined. Put the ingredients for the topping in a small bowl, mix with fingertips. Sprinkle on batter. Bake at 375* F for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

This makes a really nice, moist cake. If you want to make it lower in fat, I think you could substitute some of the oil for pumpkin puree or applesauce. This cake, baking in the oven, will make your house smell like Heaven!



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