California Central Coast Recipes

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake was the name given by my mother-in-law for an apple crisp type dessert that was unlike any others I've tasted. It had absolutely no oatmeal -like a lot of others and was so incredibly delicious, yet so easy to throw together it was mind-boggling! She had it down to a science! My husband said his mom made it almost every week while growing up in rural Connecticut on acreage that had several apple trees. With a family of five children and three adults they'd finish it off fast in one sitting.-You'll want to too after you taste it!

The first time I tasted it, I fell in love with it! I would have loved more, but between sharing it with my future in-laws and watching my weight to look nice in my bridal gown, I didn't ask for seconds- though my mouth yearned for more! When I think of my mother-in-law's baking, this was her signature dish! Make it your family's too! 2018, Apple Crumb Cake
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
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9x13 inch glass dish
Butter for greasing pan
6 to 7 Golden Delicious or Gala apples , sliced
Juice of a lemon
Pinch of salt
2-1/2 Tablespoons Tapioca
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Cup All-purpose flour
1 Cup Light brown sugar
1 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1 Extra large egg beaten
Ground cinnamon
1/4 pound unsalted butter for dabbing on top

Preparation Directions.

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Have oven rack in middle of oven.

2 Butter a 9x 13 baking dish.

3 Slice the apples in medium thick slices and halve if desired. (No need to peel the apples unless you don't like skins.) Place apples in a medium-sized bowl.

4 Sprinkle the apples with a dash of salt and lemon juice. Stir well and set aside.

5 In another bowl, mix the tapioca with the sugar and water. Stir and let stand for fifteen minutes.

6 After fifteen minutes, stir the tapioca mixture into the bowl with the sliced apples. If the apple-tapioca mixture seems too dry, add another half cup water and stir well.

7 Place the apple-tapioca mixture into the buttered dish. Even out the apples to disperse evenly. Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon.

8 In another separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract and beaten egg. Beat well with fork. Texture should be crumbly and uneven. (You can also mix this easily in a food processor.)

9 Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples and dab with little "baby-matchsticks" of butter over apple-flour-brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle again lightly with ground cinnamon.

10 Bake at 375 degrees for thirty-five minutes. Check for doneness after thirty minutes to make sure apples are done but crumb mixture is not over-baked. (Apples should be bubbling a bit and almost like applesauce.)

11 Serve warm or chilled. We prefer it warm. And if you've been "good" even with some vanilla ice cream!

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

This is glorious with coffee!

A tip from Sue!

Know your stove!

Not all stoves are equivalent! Your "medium" may be equivalent to another's "high." For instance, a lot of recipes use the "Medium heat" burner. But that can be too high if your sauteing garlic and don't want it to burn. It's better to err toward the lower setting.