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Monday, March 2, 2015

cranberry apple crumb cake

This is this weeks treat for work.  Monday's we have our staff, leasing meeting and I always try
to bring a treat.  I have had cranberries in the freezer that I wanted to use up and also had apples that needed to be cooked or of course made into something yummy.  I started out wanting to make
cranberry bars but then decided on this.  It's really very tasty, has just the right amount of tart and sweet and simple to put together.



2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, divided
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of sour cream
2 small apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
juice of 1 lemon
1 (12 ounce) bag of fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 water


1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9″ x 13″-inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray.  Line it with a sheet of parchment paper leaving a generous overhang for easy removal; set aside.
Put cranberry's in a small saucepan with a 1/4 of water and about a 1/4 sugar and a pinch of salt.  Cook until cranberries open and you can mush them.  It will be quite thick.  Set a side to cool.
Using a stand or electric mixer (or mix by hand) mix together 2/3 cup of sugar, lemon zest and butter.  Add eggs, one at a time then vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add the dry mixture into the egg mixture, 1/3 at a time, mixing each time until just moistened, while scraping down the sides.  Add sour cream and mix until combined (do not over mix).
In a small bowl add sliced apples and douse with lemon juice, using your fingers to combine; set aside.
Dollop batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread the batter into an even layer.  Place the apple slices over the top of the batter, then place the cranberries over the apple slices.  Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the top.
For the crumb: Mix flour, brown sugar, salt and butter in a medium bowl with your fingertips until it looks like wet sand.  Sprinkle evenly over the entire batter and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick/tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let the cake cool completely before cutting into the pan.  Once cooled, cut into squares and serve.
If you like vanilla ice cream this would go great with it!!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the Things YOU Love.

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