Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Glazed apple lattice coffee cake

Glazed apple lattice coffee cake

Some ideas are so great that we wish we’d thought of them ourselves. When I read that David Helfgott was the man behind the amazing piano played in Emotion Sickness I was stunned - Silverchair is just genius.

The same thing crossed my mind when I saw this coffee cake on the Oct, 2007 issue of Bon Appétit magazine. A coffee cake filled with apple, brown sugar, zest and spices was something I would love to try already. And it just got better with the addition of a lattice top. So pretty! I wish I’d thought of it. :)

It may look tricky to put together, but it’s not. The recipe is very detailed and well explained. I got it from the magazine, but you can find it here, too.

Glazed apple lattice coffee cake

Glazed apple lattice coffee cake
from Bon Appetit magazine

2 tablespoons warm water (40 to 46ºC/105ºF to 115ºF)
1 package (2 ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast

½ cup (120ml) whole milk
6 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, diced, room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 to 2 ¼ cups (280 to 315g) all purpose flour – I used 2 cups + 2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons (¼ stick) unsalted butter
6 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
1 ¼ pounds (565g) Golden Delicious apples (about 3 medium), peeled, cored, quartered, cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nonstick vegetable oil spray or vegetable oil
1/3 cup almond meal*

1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons (or more) orange juice

Start with the dough: place 2 tablespoons warm water in small cup. Mix in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 6 minutes.

Stir milk, sugar, butter, and salt in medium saucepan over medium-low heat just until sugar dissolves and butter melts (mixture should be just warm). Scrape milk mixture into large bowl; cool to lukewarm if necessary. Whisk in yeast mixture, egg yolks, orange peel, and spices. Add 2 cups flour; mix with rubber spatula until dough comes together. Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead until smooth and silky, sprinkling with more flour by tablespoonfuls as needed, about 6 minutes – it’s a very tender dough, delicious to work with. Place in clean large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel. Place in warm draft-free area (I use my microwave oven); let rise until light and almost doubled in volume, about 2 ½ hours.

Now, the filling: melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar. Cook until thick grainy sauce forms, about 1 minute. Mix in apples. Cook until apples are tender and sauce is reduced to glaze, tossing often, about 7 minutes. Mix in all grated peel and spices. Cool filling at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.

Place large sheet of foil on work surface; spray with nonstick spray. Turn dough out onto foil. Roll out to 14x12-inch (35x30cm) rectangle. Sprinkle cookie crumbs in 4-inch-wide (10cm) strip down center, leaving ½-inch (1.25cm) border at top and bottom. Arrange apples with any juices atop crumbs. Starting ½ inch (1.25cm) from each long side of apples, cut straight to edge of dough at 1-inch (2.5cm) intervals, making about 13 strips on each side. Fold dough strips alternately and on slight angle over filling, forming lattice. Seal open ends of dough.

Slide foil with dough onto large rimmed baking sheet; trim foil overhang. Cover cake loosely with plastic and towel. Place cake in warm draft-free area; let dough rise until light and puffy, about 1 ¾ hours.

Preheat oven to 190ºC/375ºF. Bake cake uncovered until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 30 minutes.

For glaze:
Mix powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons orange juice in small bowl to blend, adding more juice by ½ teaspoonfuls if too thick. Drizzle glaze over cake. Gently run spatula under cake to loosen from foil. Cut crosswise into slices. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

* the original recipe calls for finely crumbled vanilla wafer cookies or soft ladyfingers; I did not have any at home, so I went for almond meal and was pretty glad with the result.
** I halved the glaze recipe and I thought it was enough.

Makes 8-10 servings

Glazed apple lattice coffee cake


Manggy said...

Gosh, it's been ages since I've heard anything from Silverchair! I'm not anti-guitar but boo to production for drowning out the piano :(

Haha, you don't need to convince me too hard when it comes to dessert (nothing's too tricky, right?)! That looks so fantastic-- you can really pick out the gems among the magazines!

Anonymous said...

Will work for this cake. It looks amazing, I mean really amazing.

LyB said...

All those spices and the lemon and orange zests must make this an incredible tasting cake! And it looks beautiful too, bonus! :)

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Ptricia, my sweet - this cake is almost as sweet as you - almost. LOL! It's the type of cake I really enjoy in the afternoons with a nice cup of Latte. Please may I have a slice?

lululu said...

Oh, this is incredibly beautiful!!!

Deborah said...

That looks absolutely amazing! My mouth is watering!

Thistlemoon said...

That looks delicious Particia - especially with the icing dripping! YUM!

pam said...

Everything you make is so pretty!

Peter M said...

This is the 2nd piece of edible lattice work I've seen this week...your desserts always comfort.

Also, nice to know the kind of music you like...Silverchair's debut rocked!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous and tasty treat! I stopped subscribing to Bon Appetit. You made me regret that decision :)

jasmine said...

How pretty. I just tried a sort of lattice pastry this week...I think I'll file it under "foofy" and leave it at that...



Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Well, to me, the world's biggest bake-o-phobe, this looks difficult to make. So I'll have to wait until someone volunteers to make it for me! Maybe hubby....

Anonymous said...

Patricia, as always it looks good enough to eat. Must stop self from biting into computer monitor...

Anonymous said...

This looks so beautiful. Looks like Danish braid. Yum yum!

Brilynn said...

That looks gorgeous, I'd love a slice!

Peabody said...

What a perfect way to start the day. Yum.

Pille said...

What a lovely lattice!!

Anonymous said...

Your cake is just beautiful!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

This is gorgeous, Patricia. Your photos are beautiful and the cake looks so good I wish I could jump up and make it right now. Or that I was in your kitchen to share a piece with you.

Julie said...

I would enjoy that with a nice hot cup of coffee.

Aimée said...

Oh, I do love breakfast foods! How nice that it's a yeast based dough and not pastry. It looks lovely!

Elle said...

Another beautiful creation! I would love a slice with coffee, please. :)

Anonymous said...

By looking at it, I start feeling hungry! I love everything with apples!

Greetings from Germany, Azrael!

Anonymous said...

Looks so simple and delicious! I love!

Happee Monkee said...

What a beautiful composition. I'll try the recipe but it looks complicated :P
Good job!

Anonymous said...

This looks really beautiful, sweetie! I love the glaze on top. And a fellow polka dot fan, are you? *hi-fives* :P

Chibog in Chief said...

im imagining im having a slice of this cake..i bet its like a slice of heaven in earth yummy!!

Kana said...

Love the flavours. Great with a cup of tea!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mark, the front man gets sick all the time, it's such a shame...
I love songs with piano combined with guitar, that's why I find "Layla" absolutely perfect.

Cathy, thank you, darling!

LyB, I'm a sucker for anything calling for loads of zest. :)

Meeta, you are far too kind, my dear friend!
You can have as many slices as you want, always!

Lu, thank you!

Deb, I think you'll like my next post. ;)

jenn, thank you, dear!

Pam, and you are so kind! Tks, swetie!

Pete, I love Silverchair! But I also like not-so-dark things, like Erasure. :)

Kristen, I can share some of the recipes with you here. ;)

Jasmine, I want to see what you made. :)

Lydia, I'm sure hubby won't mind at all. :)

Lorraine, hahah, you made me laugh, sweetie.

Farida, thank you!

Bri, I'd love you to have some, darling!

Pea, I agree. :)

Pille, thank you very much!

Ann, thank you, darling!

Lynn, I'd love to have you around for tea, my friend. And dinner. And lunch. :)

Julie, I'll make some coffee for you and some tea for me, deal? :)

Aimée, and it's so tender!

Elle, right away, sweetie!

Azrael, I'm so glad you stopped by!
Thank you!

GirlCanBake, thank you for visiting!

Monkee, it's not, believe me! ;)

Hi, darling! You know what they say, great minds... ;)

Dhanggit, that's a great way of describing it, darling! ;)

Nic said...

Looks fabulous Patricia, love the photo of the slice with that icing dribbling down!

Sarah said...

Just beautiful--and the flavor combo sounds divine.

Katie said...

Yum this looks and sounds fantastic.

Sharon said...

Patricia, this coffee cake looks absolutely perfect - its been bookmarked! Thanks for stopping by. I'll definitely be back as your blog is wonderful!

Helene said...

Well done my friend! I have nothing more to add to these beautiful compliments from others than: is there a house for sale where you live?

Dita said...

Hi dear, is it ok to use parchment paper instead of foil? I'm planning to make this coffee cake on our cooking podcast project : COOKING FRIDAY # 4 :). This cake looks so delectable!! You can see the last episodes in my blog :
episode 3 : http://last-bite.blogspot.com/2008/06/cooking-friday-3-pizza-elmo.html
episode 2 : http://last-bite.blogspot.com/2008/06/cooking-friday-banana-cake.html
episode 1 : http://last-bite.blogspot.com/2008/05/kbb-challenge-5-banoffee-pie.html

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dita, my dear, I think that as long as the paper is well buttered, there's no problem!
I will love to see your coffee cake!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing this recipe. Yours turned out so beautifully -- as always! The flavor combo is a favorite. Wish I had some this morning...

Anonymous said...

Not only does it look pretty, it looks delicious too!

Jaime said...

this looks so much like the DB challenge! i bet it was delicious. love the polka dotted background, very fun :)

WendyinKK said...

U have so many things on your blog that I'd like to try out!!!

LOVE your blog!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wendy, thank you for stopping by - I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

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