Baking with Apples (Recipes)

Jazz up your apples with delicious new recipes from the Culinary Institute of America

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The following recipe is from the Culinary Institute of America's Baking Boot Camp cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, Inc 2007, $29.95), which is available for purchase at bookstores nationwide or at

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Serves 16
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups peeled, sliced apples
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream

To make coffee cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour one 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. Sift together the flour, 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Finely chop half of the aples and leave the other half sliced.
  3. Cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar together on medium speed until very light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well to combine after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to combine the ingredients thoroughly. Add the chopped apples and sour cream and stir until combined.
  4. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients. Add the sliced apples and fold them into the batter gently, just until the slices are coated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it into an even layer.
  5. Stir together the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the surface of the batter. Bake 45 to 50 minutes in a pre-heated oven, or until tester comes out clean and the edges shrink from the sides of the pan.

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