December 20, 2010

This Week's Cravings: Christmas Morning Breakfast & Brunch

Ahhh the excitement of Christmas morning... stocking, presents, your special Christmas pj's. Everyone has their little traditions. I remember opening stockings first thing, then breakfast and the Christmas parade - then we opened presents. For several years, my sister and I (or our Mom) made cinnamon rolls. Mmmmmm.....

No matter your tradition, we want you to share! What does your family enjoy Christmas morning?

Welcome to This Week's Cravings

- it's Christmas morning time!

Today, I'm sharing a wonderful recipe my husband recently found. I came home one evening to find our home filled with this delicious aroma. He said he just felt like baking :) I have photos of the final product, but he didn't take picture of the process.

Apple Coffee Cake

First you make a 'sweet dough:'

  • 3-4 cups flour

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¼ cup margarine or butter

  • 1 egg

  1. In large bowl combine 2 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; blend well.

  2. In small saucepan, heat water, milk and margarine until very warm (120-130 F).

  3. Add warm liquid and egg to your flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in an additional 3 cups flours until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.

  4. On floured surface, knead in 1 to 2 to cups flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes.

  5. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and then a cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes. Punch down dough to remove air bubbles.

To make apple coffee cake:

  1. Generously grease large pie pan (or 13x9 pan). Press sweet dough in prepared pan.

  2. Arrange 4 cups sliced, peeled apples in rows on top of dough.

  3. In small bowl, blend ¾ cup sugar, 3 Tb flour, ½ tsp cinnamon and 2 Tb softened margarine or butter with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over apples.

  4. Cover with a cloth towel and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 40-45 minutes.

  5. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown around edges and apples are tender.

  6. In small bowl, combine ½ cup powdered sugar and 2-4 Tb milk; blend well. Drizzle over warm coffee cake.

Hubs used only 1 apple but made the dish in a pie pan; this made the coffee cake very thick. If using the 4 apples, a 13x9 pan would work best. When baking, put a baking sheet on the rack below to catch potential spills.

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This Week's Craving Schedule & Past Recipe Links:
Nov. 1 -
Nov. 8 –
Thanksgiving Cookies & Treats
Nov. 15 - Thanksgiving Dinner & Side Dishes
Nov. 22 -
"What to do with Thanksgiving Left-Overs"
Nov. 29 -
Crockpot Favorites
Dec. 6 -
Christmas Baking: Sweets, Treats, Candy & Gifts
Dec. 13 -
Eat, Drink, Merry Christmas! (holiday beverages)
Dec. 20 - Christmas Morning: Breakfast & Brunch
Dec. 27 - Favorite New Years recipes

Jan. 3 - Let's get H-E-A-L-T-H-Y!

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Valerie said...

That apple coffeecake looks so great! I'm searching for some brunch recipes and this pic is gonna make me crave it all day.

SnoWhite said...

Kristen -- that apple cake looks amazing! I wish I had a slice right now :)

Andrea said...

Mmm- that coffeecake looks great!
I linked to my recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. The recipe is gluten free but it can be made with "regular" flour if you don't have an issue with gluten.
Thanks for hosting and Happy Holidays!

Jacqueline said...

How wonderful to come home to a husband who just felt like baking! Now my husband would have made breakfast, that is his thing, but I don't think he has ever baked. All of the breakfast goodies look great. We open stockings, then one gift and then off to a big breakfast with everybody helping, some squeezing orange juice, some making eggs, some biscuits and gravy and sometimes we even fire up the pizza oven and do breakfast pizzas!

Miz Helen said...

Your coffee cake looks so good. Thank you for sharing your recipe and Merry Christmas!

the country cook said...

that looks delicious! I love it when husbands do stuff like that

Sarah said...

You got yourself a keeper! My husband is dangerous in the kitchen. My Christmas morning tradition is to make french toast with fresh baked banana bread.

Scary Mommy said...

That looks so delicious! I can almost taste it through the screen. Almost.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

The apple coffee cake looks so yummy! It sounds perfect for family breakfast- I'll definitely be saving your recipe. Merry Christmas!

Heidi said...

Yes, I am so ready to move away from cookies and towards breakfast, yum! I linked my favorite Buttermilk Biscuits. They use powdered buttermilk so they can whipped up in a flash. On Christmas, I'll place a basket full of these with nice jams, bacon, and fruit. We can make a plate and eat around the tree. Merry Christmas!

Sweet and Savory said...

What a fabulous apple cake. Apple cake is one of our favorites.

I would be so happy if you would like this great breakfast cake to Let's Do Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch.