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Apple Walnut Coffee Cake


Guests and family will never guess that this decadent indulgence contains much less butter and sugar than a typical coffee cake.

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  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (divided)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (cold)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk (1 percent)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples (peeled and diced )
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped and toasted)


Servings 6
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 65mins


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter pan sides and top of parchment.

In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon, and ¼ cup flour. Cut in ¼ cup cold butter until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles a streusel topping. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together ½ cup room-temperature butter and maple sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift remaining 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt into egg-butter mixture. Mix until just combined.

Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool before releasing from pan.

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