As usual I had tons of apples lying in my fruit basket and needed to use them up. Looked up many apple recipes and was utterly confused as to what to make. Even put up a poll sort of thing on Facebook to make up my mind. What finally helped me was the fact that my friend who I was meeting after a long time asked me to bake something and I thought carrying a cake and brownies will be a good idea. So an apple crumb cake it was!
The recipe was quite simple but I needed to make it eggless. So I went back to my experimenting lab. I think what took the cake (pun intended) was the crumb topping. It was really out of the world. The apple pieces also added a nice crunch to the cake. I didn’t get photos of the crumb shot (actually forgot! *insert sheepish look*) but the cake was pretty decent. I made one mistake. In the process of replacing the eggs, I added more than required liquid which increased the moisture content a bit. I didn’t get a very fluffy texture, but the taste was fantastic! I think coz of that, I had to keep it in the oven for a longer period of time. So the top was a bit more brown than I would have liked it to be. I also used brown sugar so the brown-ness could be because of that as well.
I have modified it to bring down the moisture content. So hopefully, it should turn out light and fluffy the next time.
Recipe adapted from Divyascookbook
Cold Butter – 5 tbsp(approximately 70 gms)
Sugar – 1/2 cup. I used half brown sugar and half regular sugar
Flour – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Walnut – 1/2 cup,chopped and toasted.
Use a fork to mix all the ingredients except for the walnuts to resemble bread crumbs. Add the walnuts and give it a final mix (you can use a food processor). Store in the refrigerator until ready to use (you can store it up to 3 days)
For the Cake
Apple – 1 1/2 – peeled and diced into small pieces.
Flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 3 tsp
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1 cup
Butter – 1/2 cup/100 gms
Yogurt 1 cup
Vanilla extract – 2 tsp
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line the bottom and sides of an 8′ round pan. Sift together flour,baking powder,baking soda,salt and cinnamon powder.
Cream butter and sugar until light. Add vanilla. Beat until mixed well.
Now add the flour mixture and the yogurt alternatively until batter comes together. It will be very thick. Fold in the chopped apples.
Transfer batter onto prepared pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden or tester comes clean.
Enjoy a slice with some custard poured on it.