Before we left for Australia there was a bit more pantry cleaning we needed to do, trying to minimize any produce going to waste. Diane had roasted up the teriyaki glazed brussels sprouts for us to munch on, but there were apples, persimmons, and tons of garden fresh limes which most likely weren’t going to survive the two weeks we’d be gone.
For the persimmons and limes we called in Diane’s parents, as they are always willing to take any of those we have to offer. All of our travels landed smack dab in the middle of when our giant fuyu persimmons ripened this year, and no way were we going to let the squirrels eat them all. Diane’s dad came over and we picked every nearly ripe persimmon which hadn’t already been damaged or snacked on by the resident birds and squirrels. You should have seen his face light up.
And no Vietnamese turns down good limes. Diane’s mom loves our limes. I mean LOVES our limes. As she says,”Da stoe bought ones not da same. Your limes so good.” So our limes found a good home. I can guarantee some will find their way into the best dipping fish sauce a soul can make. Her fish sauce is the best of the best. Ask any of the girls that either do or have worked in her nail salon over the past 20 years.
Now to the apples. We only had a few left from recent shopping forays, but it would suck to let the go to waste. Last month we posted a pumpkin spiced coffeecake with we’ve had to make a couple times since because it was so good. So why not try a riff off of that recipe?
So I axed the pumpkin puree, bumped up the sour cream, tweaked the spices a bit, and added in grated apples. I thought about sautéing slices of apples and layering them in, but this way was quicker and easier, and with so much to do in the four days we were home in-between the NY/Seattle trip and the Australia trip, quick and easy seemed best.
It came out fantastic. I had previously thought the pumpkin spiced coffeecake was on of best I’ve had, however now I can’t decide. This apple one is pretty damn tasty. No need to compete, there is plenty of love for both.
Hope you enjoy!
Yield: one 9-inch Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
The cake flour will help make this coffeecake a little lighter, but if you only have regular all-purpose flour, use a bit less, just over 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour for the batter. For the topping it doesn't matter which flour you use. Use whichever your favorite nuts are for the topping. Some of our favorites are pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds).