Sunday, September 19, 2010

Recipes for the Mama Writer!!

Hope your weekend was full of fun fall activities!! For some reason this time of year puts in me in the baking mood. This week's recipe for the busy Mama and writer is a very yummy and very QUICK breakfast dish that is sure to make everyone smile.

I can never leave a recipe alone, so I've altered it a little, but I think the change definitely made the dish 100x better.

APPLE COFFEE CAKE is straight out of my Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook. (A very awesome wedding shower gift idea for any bride-to-be! I've been cooking out it for 9 years now and have yet to find a meal that doesn't please. Plus, it has great tips, charts, and pictures of dishes to show the cook what they might have done wrong if their meal came out looking like X, Y, Z pic.) But, enough about that! Let's get to the good stuff! *wink wink*

My alteration of the recipe was a simple swapping of the 2 medium, sliced baking apples for a can of Cromstock's Cherry Pie Filling. LOL I chose the swap because at 7am, I had no desire to peel and slice the apples. That being said, I think using the can of cherry filling made the cake a lot more moist than it would have been using only the sliced apples.

Hope you have a pen handy, because you'll be wanting to jot this recipe down! Talk about a perfect Sunday morning treat!

Cake Batter:
2 cups Original Bisquick
2/3 cup milk
3 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg

1 can of Cromstock's Cherry Pie Filling (originally was 2 med. cooking apples, sliced and peeled.)
2 tablespoons nuts (I omitted)

Streusel Topping:
2/3 cup Original Bisquick
2/3cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I omitted)
1/4 cup butter or margarine (firm

Directions for Streusel Topping:
Mix Bisquick, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter, using pastry blender, fork, or criss-crossing two knives, until mixture is crumbly.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3teaspoons milk

Directions for Glaze:
Mix ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. (I had to add an extra teaspoon or two of milk.)

1) Heat oven 400*. Grease bottom and sides of a square pan, 9x9x2 inches, with shortening. (I used an 28x18x4, which made for a thicker cake.)

2)Make Streusel Topping; set aside.

3)Stir in Bisquick, milk, egg, and sugar until blended; beat vigorously 30 seconds. Spread half of the batter in pan. Pour cherry filling over the top of the batter, sprinkle with half of the Streusel Topping. Spread remaining batter over the cherry filling/streusel topping. (I used my finger to help spread the batter over the gooey-goodness.) Sprinkle with remaining Streusel Topping and nuts.

4)Bake 20-25 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean. (I opted for 23mins and think I will lessen by a minute or so next time.) Cool 20 minutes in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with Glaze. (I didn't wait the 20mins to drizzle. I glazed it after 5mins, because we were taking the dish with us to my in-laws. It was still yummy!)

I was really surprised by how fast everything came together. I think I had it baked and out the door in about an hour. Fast and tasty: a perfect breakfast treat!

5 Stars *****
(Kid, hubby, AND father-in-law approved! lol)


Stephanie McGee said...

I think it sounds yummier with apples in it, but that's just me. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Simas said...

HI Stephanie!

LOL I had no desire to work up those apples, so I cheated. ;) To be fair, I will have to try making it with the apples, but using the cherries was pretty darn tasty!! I was wondering how a fresh berry would turn out, too.

Danielle Thorne said...

Yummy! I'll have to try this one! I'm for all quick--but has to be good!

Diane Craver said...

I love anything with cherries so this recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing it, Sarah!

And Happy Monday to you!

Anne Barton said...

My mouth is watering. This sounds so good, Sarah!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Sounds yummy. I'll take a cup of coffee, too. :)

Sheri Humphreys said...

My aunt gave me a set of cookbooks as a wedding gift, and I always thought it was a great idea. I've given cookbooks as both shower and wedding gifts. The recipients are always surprised and appreciative. Sheri

Sarah Simas said...


It looks like there are a lot of steps to follow, but they take no time at all. LOL My 3 y.o son was "helping" me make this dish and I still managed to have it scratched out and ready to eat in under an hour. :)

I hope you enjoy it!

Sarah Simas said...

HI Diane!

I was craving something sweet and gooey that morning. Finding this recipe had me happy dancing around the kitchen. LOL I'm thinking of a way to add a cream cheese layer to it. I can't wait to try! :)

These days, I'm all about sweet treats. ;)

Sarah Simas said...


So glad to see you stopped by! I knew there had to be other sweet lover out there who'd appreciate this dish. ;) I also made some Praline Pecan Rolls that morning, too. I've have been in a baking kind of mood!

Sarah Simas said...

LOL Karen!

Coffee definitely sounds good right about now. My son snitched mine this morning!! LOL Good thing he has a few hours to burn off the sugar before pre-school. ;)

Sarah Simas said...


One of my friends got this book at a shower and I fell in love with it. LOL At that point, I had been already married for a while. My hubby said he'd buy it for me IF I promised to actually use it. LOL I think he's gotten his money worth. ;)