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Triple apple treat for any time of day

Recipe: Apple coffee cake with apple cider glaze

Apple cider flavors the glaze for this spiced apple coffee cake.

Apple cider flavors the glaze for this spiced apple coffee cake.

Debbie Arrington

With recent storms limiting outdoor activity, it was time to do some baking, but with what? I still had some Granny Smith apples from our late fall harvest (they keep for weeks in the fridge), lots of applesauce (from the same tree) plus the last little bit of apple cider from holiday celebrations.

Baked coffee cake in rectangular glass pan
The coffee cake, fresh from the oven.

All three variations of apple go into this rich, dense coffee cake studded with dried cranberries and chopped almonds. Apple cider flavors the quick glaze.

This triple apple coffee cake is great for breakfast, dessert or snacking in between. I used Granny Smiths in this recipe, but other firm cooking apples will work, too.

Triple apple coffee cake with apple cider glaze

Makes 8 servings


1-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ cup dried cranberries or raisins

½ cup chopped almonds

¼ cup (½ stick) butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg, beaten

1 cup applesauce

1 cup apple, peeled and finely chopped

For glaze:

¼ cup apple cider

1 cup powdered sugar


Baked  in a glass pan, a coffee cake with a sugary white glaze
The apple cider glaze completes the cake.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Add dried cranberries or raisins and almonds to the flour mixture; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter with brown sugar. Add egg. Stir in applesauce and chopped apple.

Gradually add flour mixture to apple mixture. Stir until relatively smooth (it will still be a little chunky).

Grease a 9-by-9-inch or 12-by-7-inch baking dish. Pour batter into the prepared dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Prepare glaze. Warm cider in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let cider reduce to about half. Remove the pan from heat. Sift powdered sugar and add to the pan, stirring constantly. Add a tablespoon more cider if needed. When glaze is desired consistency, drizzle over cake.


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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