There used to be a bakery on the main street of the town I grew up in that made the best cakes and pastries. Every time we had out of town guests, we’d order a few of their coffee cakes to have for breakfast (and afternoon snack, and dessert.) My favorite was the apple version.
Unfortunately the bakery has been closed for a few years and my memories of their apple cake (they called it apple edelweiss) are fuzzy. I’ve spent hours scouring the internet for anything that looks even remotely similar, but I always come up empty.
This coffee cake isn’t the one I grew up eating, but it’s a pretty amazing substitute. The flavors and texture are so perfect that I have a hard time believing it came out of my own kitchen!
Like the cake I remember, this one is thin with the perfect ratio of tender cake to crunchy topping. Tiny pieces of apple practically melt into the cake batter, giving every bite subtle apple flavor. The topping is sweet and faintly scented with cinnamon and nutmeg – not enough to be overpowering, just enough so that you know it’s there.
I used two special ingredients to help give this cake it’s “fresh from the bakery” taste: Red Star Platinum Yeast and LorAnn Buttery Sweet Dough Baking Emulsion.
I don’t bake yeasted recipes very often, but I do like making fresh baguettes when I have the time. I’ve been using Red Star Platinum Yeast for the past year, and I love it. It makes baking pretty much fool proof. It also helps your dough raise very quickly. I can be pretty impatient in the kitchen, so I love that about it. From start to finish, this cake takes an hour as long as I use platinum yeast (instant yeast takes an additional 20 minutes or so).
The Buttery Sweet Dough Emulsion is something I’ve been eying for a long time, but only just got around to trying. I first noticed it on the King Arthur site, which described it as being the vanilla/butter/citrus flavor that gives store bought danishes their distinct flavor. I received a sample recently, and I’m obsessed. You know the amazing smell you’re greeted with when you walk into a great bakery? This is that smell, in a bottle. I’ve been putting it in all of my baked goods (I made an awesome pumpkin monkey bread last weekend) and it definitely takes them to the next level.