In spite of the beautiful weather, I have a yearning for something "apple," even though it's not one of the seasonal fruits in the market right now. However, I still bought several Granny Smith's in anticipation of coming up with a recipe that would satisfy that yearn and combine it with one of my favorite morning treats...crumb cake or as my grandmother would have said, "streuselkuchen."
The crumb topping to this breakfast bun is totally different from what a lot of bakers know as streusel; first, the butter is melted and poured over the dry ingredients to form a thick paste that you create "pebbles" from instead of cold butter "cut" into the dry ingredients and secondly, the flour to sugar(s) ratio is a lot more with crumb than it is in streusel.
Apple Crumb Buns
3 to 4 tart cooking apples (I used Granny Smith)
2 T Boiled Apple Cider
1/4 cup granulated sugar
|One of my "gifts" is that I can peel an apple all in one motion...my parents were so proud! LOL!!|
When the apples are tender, transfer to a small bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool while you continue with the other components.
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 3/4 cup Queen Guinevere Cake Flour
In a medium bowl, mix the sugars, salt and cinnamon together using your hands.
8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. Tahitian Vanilla Powder
1 3/4 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 cup milk
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese together. Gradually, add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and powder (if using) to the batter and mix again.
Combine the dry ingredients and whisk to mix. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter, then, the milk and beat on low. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat on medium for 1 minute to thoroughly combine. The batter resembles the thickness of "frosting."
1. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 crumb paper liners. Use an off-set spatula to spread over the bottom.
For me, there's nothing better than crumb cake and having an apple filling has just put me in such a good mood, not to mention, Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger" is playing in the background--something I'm learning the hard way. Enjoy!