Modern Apple-Cinnamon Buckle with Streusel

Anna Elizabeth Henry

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Feb 15, 2015
New York, New York
With apples in abundance at this time of year, I thought I would post this yummy apple dessert I tried recently from Taste of the South.

Ingredients -

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons sorghum syrup
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • ¾ cup sorghum syrup
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup whole buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 small Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
Directions -
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan, and line pan with parchment paper.
  2. For streusel: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, zest, and salt; add butter. Using your hands, work butter into flour mixture until large crumbs form. Drizzle with sorghum syrup, and stir with a fork until well combined. Refrigerate while preparing cake.
  3. For cake: In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and zest at medium speed until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add sorghum syrup, and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. (Do not over mix.) Fold in apples. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with streusel, making sure to keep any large clumps together.

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