Monday, February 1, 2010

She Served it Hot From the Oven

Every time I make this recipe I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was at least twenty some years ago. We visited dear friends of ours, who lived out in the country in Virginia. They warmly invited us into their country home, and there we spent the next two days. The following morning we were greeted with wonderful aromas as we entered their cozy kitchen. Our hostess had just removed this coffee cake from the oven. The rest is history. I cannot tell you how often I have made this coffee cake(or in muffin form) since their memorable visit. It all starts with 1 cup of apple butter.
Here is the quick and easy recipe.
Streusel-topped Apple Butter Coffee Cake
Oven - preheated to 350 degrees
Baking time - 40-45 minutes for coffee cake
20 - 25 minutes for muffins
In a large mixing bowl melt 1/2 cup of butter(1 stick)
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of apple butter
1 egg
1 tea. baking soda
1 tea. cinnamon
1 tea. vanilla
Mix well. Pour batter into a square pan or a muffin tin for twelve muffins. I use a Pam sprayed ice cream scoop to fill muffin tins.
In small bowl add;
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tea.cinnamon
1/4 tea. nutmeg
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
Mix with pastry blender and sprinkle on top of coffee cake or muffins and bake. Baking instructions are stated above. Enjoy!

I bought 3 big pastel colored wooden clothespins at the dollar store. I spray painted them white and I will use them to give as a gift along with my plate of muffins. I will share the recipe for the muffins and the recipient can use it in the future, as a recipe holder when baking any recipe. To decorate it a bit, I purchased these adorable retro kitchen dimensional stickers from the dollar section of Michael's Craft Store. They had packs of these stickers for 1.oo each. I mounted two of them onto the painted clothes pin. The top one says, "count blessings - not calories"
The second one says, "Queen of the kitchen". Just a simple way to dress up a painted wooden clothes pin.
I cover the muffins with plastic wrap when giving them as a gift.

These stickers are cuter in person. The dimensional way they are created will add a touch of retro to anything from your kitchen.

You can also use the small, blank index cards and share any message you want, and clip it with a clothes pin. These clothes pins stand nicely by themselves and works beautifully in holding a recipe so that it is easily read while baking.
I know all of us are watching our sugar intake, but a small piece of this coffee cake promises to add a touch of sweet memories to your day...or maybe like me, those memories will last some twenty years. Thanks Patty for a special recipe!


Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Now there's a fragrance to wake up to.... all of the best friendships have the breaking of bread... and the mix somewhere.

What special memories. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. It looks like a keeper.

southerninspiration said...

Oooh those are right up my alley!! I will try them soon...thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


Anonymous said...

yummy, yum yum! I feel like I can smell the coffee cake!

Debbie said...

Judy, I can just imagine what these might taste like. I love anything apple and those spices are designed to make apple recipes wonderful. I copied and saved this and will have to find some good apple butter to start with. Your elegant and thoughtful gift idea is a keeper for sure. Thanks for taking the time to share such a good idea!

Stephanie said...

They look so good, I can almost smell them! I think I have said that before on a different post! Im going to try this out for sure!
Thanks :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Wow do they look good....think I can taste it now

Barb said...

Judy, I am drooling and that's not nice. Ha...ha. Ooooo, this sounds so wonderful.

Barb ♥

Judy said...

We love apple muffins over here...but this is a new version. Thanks for sharing!

a woman who is said...

You bless me so Judy.

You are so gifted in the area of gifting people =]

You friends must think you are so special. I love the cloths pin idea. And I love that you share all your crafting and gifting ideas with us.

You are inspiring me!

Tracy said...

Now how did you know I needed a recipe for my apple butter! (I just found a jar in the pantry from our last trip to the Apple Barn. Can't wait to try making these. Thanks my friend. Your clothespins are adorable! = )

Have a wonderful day!

Happy@Home said...

I just love how a visit to your blog not only offers a delicious recipe, but also very cute and creative ideas for gift giving too. Your idea with the clothes pins is so cute and the stickers are adorable. I think I will be planning a trip to Michael's this week.

Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Rach said...

MMM Making me hungry at work!

Jeane` said...

And I have been the lucky recipient for all the years since...including this morning!! Yum, they are my favorite! Thank you for adding to my morning coffee...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Those are adorable stickers! I like the idea of using the fat clothespin as a recipe holder..and those muffins...YUM! A very nice gift Judy! You always think of the nicest ways to present a gift.

Anonymous said...

These look so delicious. thank you for what looks to be another wonderful recipe. The stickers are so pretty. I love how you make everything so special with all of the added touches.

Everyday Sparkles said...

Yummy. I'm trying this.

You also have the cutest ideas! Thanks for sharing them.


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