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Apple Coffee Cake w/ Pecan & Bacon Streusel

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Feast your eyes on THE single most delectable cake I've eaten in...well...a long arse time!!!  It's a coffee cake, so it's good for breakfast, but don't count it out for dessert, lunch, dinner...heck, midnight snack, even!  Right after I made this...while it was still warm...I cut a quarter of the cake out, and like a fabulous, thoughtful neighbor, I marched next door.  I knocked.  I rang the bell.  I waited.  I repeated said steps.  Like a good neighbor.  Unfortunately for them and my thighs nobody was home.  Well, nobody answered the door, at least.  Once I we tried a slice...that was all she wrote!  I sincerely hope that my neighbors didn't choose today to peek into my inner-thoughts this place, cuz then I'll feel guilty.  And I'll have to make another Apple Coffee Cake with Pecan and Bacon Streusel.  That would be horrible.  Maybe I should remind them once again that I'm a food blogger...and that is why I'm always outside primping the food and straddling the picnic table.  Because guilt is an awful thing.

Apple Coffee Cake with Pecan and Bacon Streusel
from Deb's Test Kitchen (Rick Bayless newsletter Sept. '10)
Serves 8 to 10

Streusel Topping
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 ounces pecans
6 tablespoon butter (3/4 stick), softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 slices crispy bacon, crumbled


Cake
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (8 ounces), plus extra for the cake pan and the apples
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick butter, softened, plus extra for the cake pan
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1 pound firm, tart cooking apples (2 - 3 apples) peeled, cored, and cut into a medium dice

Finishing
1/4 to 1/3 cup warm cajeta


Set your oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch x 2-inch round baking pan. Line the bottom with a parchment round, and sides with 2" strip of parchment paper.

In a food processor, pulse together all the streusel ingredients except for the bacon until well combined. The mixture should hold together, but still be a little crumbly. Scoop the streusel into a bowl and mix in the crumbled bacon.

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Pour in the vanilla and scrape in the sour cream. Mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium low until the mixture is smooth, taking care not to overmix. Toss the apple pieces with 1 tablespoon flour, then fold them into the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top. Bake the cake for 65 to 70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean. Cool the cake completely in pan before unmolding. Once unmolded, drizzle the warm cajeta over the top.
Work it...
Own it....
Seriously, make this now.  Or I will.  Oooooh, scarey, huh?  I bet your thighs are quivering at the thought... oh wait, those are my thighs.

flash-back Friday Cookin' for my Captain

55 comments

  1. I'd never have thought of coffee cake with bacon - but I'm thinking this is probably incredible! This may be my breakfast (lunch & dinner too) next weekend!

    I'll bet your neighbours are kicking themselves now!

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  2. wow! THIS i need to try. (as soon as the temp goes below 105, that is)....but seriously...chicka, this looks amazing. (btw...how do you spell chicka? LOL)

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  3. This looks quite addicting. :) And I voted for you at FoodBuzz. Go team!

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  4. Wow! Talk about tempting! This cake looks so moist and flavorful. I want a slice right now! Thank you for sharing this with me.

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  5. Good heavens, this looks incredibly sinful.

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  6. This looks seriously rich and sinful! A perfect coffee mate!

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  7. bacon? sound interesting and looks very addicting.

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  8. This cake is soooooo gooood.Delicious!!Delicious!!

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  9. Çok güzel, çok leziz görünüyor. Ellerinize sağlık.

    Saygılar.

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  10. What generous crumble finishing of the toppings :)

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  11. Unuasual combo!!Cant wait to try it out even tho in a veggie!

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  12. Fabulous cake, truly tempting..

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  13. Holy cow! That looks good! Cut me a piece! :)

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  14. Oh look at all that lovely streusel on top! I've seen so many sweet recipes with bacon, but have yet to try any. I have to get on the bandwagon and I'd love to with your coffee cake. Yum!

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  15. I would have answered the door Heather or at least have been home:D

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  16. This is one awesome cake! I'm begging you to share it this Saturday on my meme for a perfect seasonal recipe. great photography too! i'm seriously making this!

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  17. I THOUGHT you said bacon! Sweet, bitter, sweet, salty...it hits every part of your tongue. I can see why you would want to eat it every day.

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  18. What a scrumptious cake, and the bacon in the topping is just too delicious sounding to pass up. I would love a slice with my coffee.

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  19. Oh how I am wallowing in the mud with joy! I would like a piece of the bacon goodness to finish off all the Jamon I have been eating!

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  20. Did you say bacon? In streusel? Inconceivable!! An yet, oddly tempting all the same.

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  21. Pecan and bacon streusel! Wow and yum!

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  22. Que maravilla de recetas, esto se ve delicioso.

    Saludos

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  23. Honestly, I knew by the photo, then the ingredients that I wanted to make this, but your use of the term arse absolutely sealed the deal!

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  24. My goodness, bacon, brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon? This is like my final meal all rolled into my favorite thing...cake. Delicious, Heather!

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  25. My thighs are kind of sort of definitely quivering. Although whether it's because bacon totally gets me going *wink wink* or because they're anticipating the cholesterol that is about to hit them, has yet to be determined. Either way, this looks amazing!

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  26. Wow, I never would've thought of putting bacon in the crumble. That would make it a sweet/salty treat - very tempting.

    My problem is that I'm on bacon overload this week, so I migth pass for now. It's definitely getting forwarded to the baker, tho :-)

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  27. Gorgeous cake..have voted for you :)

    US Masala

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  28. ahaa super yummy cake ...i will sure vote for u ..

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  29. The coffee cake looks divine! Off to vote...

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  30. For a cake like this, you definitely get my vote. I'm already planning on making this..and to make it even less healthy, I'm going to drizzle it with a caramel bacon sauce.

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  31. WOw, I need to hurry up and close out your blog .....before I find myself making this or licking the screen

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  32. That looks delicious. I pretty much love bacan anywhere and anytime, but I never thought to put it in apple cake. Great idea!

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  33. WHOA! That is an INTENSE coffee cake! I mean first the apple and bacon combo, THEN cajeta on top??? DROOL.cr

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  34. You had me at the bacon. Wow, this looks amazing. In my opinion, bacon goes with everything, even dessert.

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  35. This is mind blowing with the bacon in it! I am so wishing I lived next door - I'd never leave the house waiting for your knock...

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  36. Just voted :) And this coffee cake looks amazing and so addicting!

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  37. Wish someone would knock on MY door with some of this! It looks fabulous!

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  38. You know you are in for one of my top votes! :-)

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  39. Heather - You're the devil!! My poor thighs. They'll never recover - LOL! I'm going to have to try this at a time when there is a room full of people to share it with, otherwise I would eat the whole thing!

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  40. P.S. We food bloggers do crazy things to get our pictures. Saying that, straddling a picnic table has to be at the top of the list - LOL! I love it!

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  41. OMG this sounds soooooooooooooooo wonderful!! It's recipes like this that keep me coming back!

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  42. Holy Moley! That is some SERIOUS crumb topping! Looks good though!


    Wish I was your neighbor!
    ~ingrid

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  43. It's been said before but OMG! You had me at bacon!! If we're ever neighbors....I promise to always be home.......

    Jason

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  44. I heard of bacon and chocolate. It seems that it is true that bacon can go along with anything even cakes...

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  45. Seriously, you could have the next new stand at the state fair with this one...yum! Just put it on a stick. I've been voting for you, Heather. Congrats on making the first cut!

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  46. Ok I will totally take a slice of this.... :)

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  47. Ha ha! I left a comment a few days ago and just now realized I was drooling over something with bacon in it. I guess I could remove it. Good disguise though! And good chuckle on me!

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  48. LMAO Melodie!! I thought about it when I read that comment, but figure, hey...even vegetarians can drool over bacon...no harm in that ;-P ! ha ha ha ha ha....

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  49. I always want to make everything you post and this is no exception. I may havre to put my self on blog restriction.
    Mimi

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  50. i will definitely try this out. sounds really yummy!

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  51. Everything really is better with bacon--even coffeecake. This looks delicious! ;-)

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  52. Warm cajeta on top? Ok, you'll have to excuse me while I have a moment here...

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