Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

I can NOT believe it is really almost time for Spring Break!?!

Really, where the heck has the time gone? I know I haven’t posted a recipe in a while (please still love me?), but I really just don’t even have time to even sleep anymore. This semester has been really kicking my booty.

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18 credit hours is no joke. Full time student to the max, and then sorority obligations, and then work, it’s a whole heck of a lot of stuff going on.

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I’ve discovered the art of working out while studying. Weirdly, it’s much more effective than studying in the library with my laptop because I’m stuck on the machine when I’m working out and have nothing else to focus my attention on than the notes in front of me. And people say multi-tasking is ineffective..

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Anywho, this here is a recipe for a super easy but delicious apple coffee cake. Seriously so so good and the perfect treat for breakfast! Hope you all enjoy :)

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

FILLING:
1 (15 oz) can apple pie filling
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
BROWN SUGAR MIXTURE:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
CAKE:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine the apple pie filling and ground cinnamon; set aside. In another small bowl, combine the brown sugar and chopped nuts; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flours, sugar, milk, butter, baking powder, salt, and eggs using a mixer until just barely combined.
  4. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Spread the apple filling mixture evenly over the batter. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture evenly over the pie filling.
  5. Pour remaining batter over brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture over top of cake.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for about 30 minutes, then enjoy!

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Random Fact of the Day: Contrary to popular belief, London Broil is not a cut of beef but rather a method of cooking.

Top 13 Posts in 2013

Wow, 2013 is just about to come to a close. Crazy how much has happened in a year! Here’s a run-down of the 13 most popular posts I shared on the blog this past year. Thank you for all your support, every time you read my blog and I receive your comments, it really brings a smile to my face and makes me proud.

  1. Triple Threat Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes
  2. Double Chocolate M&M Cookies
  3. Best Tomato Soup
  4. Corner Bakery Impostor Crumb Cake
  5. Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes
  6. Cinnamon Roll Cake
  7. The Jacques Torres NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie
  8. Low-Fat Pumpkin Poundcake
  9. Monster Cookies
  10. Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake
  11. Coconut Macaroons
  12. Double Chocolate Brownies
  13. Coconut Blondies

Pumpkin Streusel Crumb Cake

Maybe I’m a weird college student, but I find it incredibly easier to control my eating habits away at school than I do when I am at home.

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This is not meant to bash my parents’ home in any way.

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The thing is, everything here at home is just so available. I’m able to bake all day, which of course involves endless “sampling” of dough, batter, frosting, and finished goods. On top of that…they just have SO MUCH FOOD!

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In my itty bitty dorm room I have about 1 drawer of food and my fridge is basically useless because we hardly ever have anything in there.

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The main place I eat is at the dining hall and they’re usually only open for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours for each meal. So if I miss the lunch time, I’m basically starving until dinner time unless I want to go out and buy food. And buying food just requires so much time, energy, and most importantly, money.

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At home I have also noticed that my diet is so much more carb-centered, whereas when I am in the dining halls at school my plate is almost 90% veggies. I’m starting to realize as I type this how weird of a freshman college student I am…

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Anyways, here is one of my carb-loving creations I have come up with this week on my Thanksgiving break at home. I love pumpkin-EVERYTHING, and I have always been a huge fan of coffee cakes covered with a huge crumb layer, so this recipe was destined to pop up on here. This is a perfect cozy, fall recipe that would be awesome for Thanksgiving breakfast, or just any winter day.

Pumpkin Streusel Crumb Cake

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 1/2 c. white sugar

15 oz. can of pumpkin

3 eggs

2 c. all purpose flour

1/2 c. whole wheat flour

2 t. baking powder

1 T. cinnamon

1 1/2 t. ground ginger

1/2 t. cloves

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. salt

for streusel topping: 

1/4 c. all purpose flour

1/4 c. whole wheat flour

1/2 c. white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 t. cinnamon

5 T. butter, melted

2/3 c. pecans, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8-inch glass baking pan.
  2. With a mixer, blend together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the pumpkin and the eggs, blend on medium speed.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, salt, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin/butter mixture on low speed until combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan.
  4. To make the topping, combine the flours, sugars, cinnamon, and melted butter until it comes together. Stir in chopped pecans. Add mixture to the top of the batter in the baking pan. Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Random Fact of the Day: Parrots have 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in their beaks.

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Thanksgiving is in less than 2 weeks and I can barely contain my excitement.

Actually I think you could say my excitement is out of control…

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I keep on seeing all the college kids my age tweeting and talking about how excited they are to see their friends from home over Thanksgiving break. But then I’m over here like “OMG I’M SO EXCITED FOR MY MOM’S SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE!!!!”

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Speaking of that sweet potato casserole…I’m thinking that I will need to make that over Thanksgiving break and share the recipe with you all. Why do we have this sweet potato casserole basically only on Thanksgiving? I don’t know, but I feel very strongly about this casserole and believe it should be served everyday.

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The actual best part about this casserole is the leftovers..SO so good for breakfast! Weird? I’m gonna say it is totally for sure normal.

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Anywho, I am not sharing the sweet potato casserole recipe with you all today. However, I do have something that is pretty gosh darn close in deliciousness: cinnamon roll bread. I’m a total cinnamon roll freak and also obsessed with quick bread recipes , so this recipe has my name written all over it. This bread is just like eating a cinnamon roll in bread form (go figure) but it’s also super duper moist and tender. You just gotta make it to experience the real thang. Get to it!

Cinnamon Roll Bread

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup white sugar

FOR THE CINNAMON SWIRL:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup white sugar

2 Tablespoons water

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, vanilla extract, egg, and sugar. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Prepare cinnamon swirl by combining swirl ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Drop by large spoonfuls onto batter in loaf pan and use a knife to swirl throughout the batter. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, enjoy!

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Random Fact of the Day: A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue! (Yuck….?)

Biscoff Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I’m starting to actually realize what a pinterest addict I am.

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I noticed the other day that I somehow have over 1400 followers and I was like what?! It’s actually pretty embarrassing.. I feel like maybe these people who follow me on pinterest probably think I am a very large, overweight food addict who likes to imagine she can have every piece of clothing sold in the world and totally rock it.

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I will say, though, I am not one of those girls who has the “dream wedding” board. First of all, the thought of getting married and planning a wedding makes me want to roll into a ball and cry because it just sounds like Stress City. Second of all, what if like a future boyfriend happens to see my pinterest and is totally freaked out by my wedding that has basically already been planned. Third of all, I am girly in many respects but I am forsure not a romantic. at all. Like what is Sweetest Day? I know it was the other day, but really…what is it.

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However, I do embrace those random holidays like Sweetest Day, Valentines Day, St. Nick’s Day, etc. because uhh who doesn’t love an excuse to buy/open gifts?!

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Anyhow, after I realized I have an obscene amount of people observing my Pinterest pin-binges, I realized I have over 4700 pins. Excuse me Casey, but how could you possibly find THAT MANY things worth saving?! I’m a little disgusted in myself, but at least I know there are over 1400 other people who enjoy my pin-binges.

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Moving onto food! I am a total quick bread fan, lover, and addict. This banana bread combines some of my favorite things: biscoff and peanut butter. Literally you can not love this bread, so easy and so so tasty. Happy Monday :-)

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P.S. I hate myself for putting “happy” and “Monday” in the same sentence next to each other.

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Biscoff Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt (regular yogurt is fine too)

1 egg

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

3 Heaping Tablespoons Biscoff spread

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together bananas, peanut butter, yogurt, egg and sugars.
  3. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be very thick. Spread into prepared pan. Drop 3 heaping Tablespoons of Biscoff on top of bread batter and swirl with a knife.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes then transfer out of loaf pan and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Random Fact of the Day: The average car produces a pound of pollution every 25 miles!