This coffee cake from Susan Branch has all the flavors and smells of Christmas morning. In my 10 inch dutch oven it baked for 40 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the base of the oven, 13 placed on the outside of the lid with 5 more briquettes spaced evenly in the center. If you decide to make this in your conventional oven, bake it in an 8 inch square pan. Loaded with soft apples, crunchy walnuts and tangy cranberries, it's a moist and delicious cake that is perfect for a cold winter's day. Have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!
Christmas Coffee Cake
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups cored, peeled, chopped apple (2 apples)
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
powdered sugar for dusting
Lightly oil or spray 10 inch dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
Sift together flour, soda and salt; set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
Stir in flour mixture.
Spread in prepared oven.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
Let sit 15 minutes before removing from oven.
Cut into squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.
|Spread batter into parchment lined 10 inch dutch oven|