Crumb cake made with Cognac and topped with sweet apples will have everyone asking for seconds.

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Ingredients

For the Crumb Topping
For the Cake
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For the Apple Topping

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8-inch-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with two pieces of parchment paper, creating a 1-inch overhang on all sides of the pan. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

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  • Make the Apple Topping: In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until butter becomes golden brown and fragrant. Reduce heat to medium and add sugar, 1/4 cup water, and apples. Cook until apples have softened slightly and liquid is thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in Cognac, working carefully as alcohol may ignite. Return to heat, and cook until alcohol evaporates, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  • Make the Crumb Topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, both sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Add melted butter and, using your fingers, mix together to form large crumbs; set aside.

  • Make the Cake: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add creme fraiche, egg, yolk, and Cognac; mix until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until well combined.

  • Pour cake mixture into prepared baking pan. Top with apples and their liquid to cover; sprinkle evenly with crumb topping. Transfer to oven and bake until a tester inserted into the center of cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

Reviews (3)

15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
03/19/2010
this was easy recipe to follow. I added chopped walnuts to my cake and it tasted great.
Rating: Unrated
03/18/2010
HELP, how long do you bake the crumb cake for? I hope to take it to a potluck Friday night and my test run at 55 minutes was too short of a time. Corners tasted yummy, but the center was still runny.
Rating: Unrated
03/17/2010
So how long appromimetly do you cook it for?
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