Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on all that we have. Here are some suggestions for a scrumptious autumn dessert suitable to serve at Thanksgiving.
Autumn Harvest Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
½ cup of butter, softened
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups of all-purpose flour, divided use
1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of buttermilk
2 cups of finely peeled apples
1 ¼ cups of packed organic brown sugar
½ cup of chopped nuts
1 to 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon
1/3 cup of melted butter
Drizzle topping: (optional)
½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of shortening
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together ½ cup of softened butter, and sugar until well-combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Combine 2 2/3rds cups of flour, the baking powder, soda and salt; add alternately to beaten mixture with buttermilk, beating until combined. Fold in apples.
While cake is cooling, combine chocolate pieces and shortening in a small saucepan or micro-safe bowl. Melt over very low heat, stirring until blended, or microwave on low power until melted, stirring to blend. Before serving, drizzle topping over cake. Makes 12 to 16 servings.