With so many beloved flavors all wrapped up in one sweet, decadent package
- [b]CAKE INGREDIENTS[/b][br]
- 1 apple; peeled, cored, and chopped
- lemon juice for the apples
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour plus more to dust cake pan
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons butter; at room temperature
- 1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt (like Chobani)
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- [b]STREUSEL INGREDIENTS[/b][br]
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoons cold butter; cut into small pieces
- Spray a 9-inch spring-form pan with non-stick spray.
- Combine streusel ingredients (except butter) in a food processor, and blend
- Add butter. Pulse about 10 times then process for 5 to 10 seconds. Set aside.
- Peel and chop apple and toss with lemon juice. Set aside.
- Mix together flour baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using an electric mixer beat butter and yogurt for about 30 seconds, then beat in granulated sugar and vanilla.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Alternately add flour mixture and ricotta cheese to batter.
- Mix on low speed after each addition until combined.
- Note: this batter will be thick
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread 1/2 of the batter into the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle with 1/2 of the filling mixture and then the diced apples.
- Spoon remaining batter over apples. It will not spread smoothly so be gentle and use dollops of batter.
- Sprinkle with remaining topping.
- Bake 35-40 minutes more or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool at least 1 hour on a wire rack.
Special occasions call for special desserts.
Yes, I got me a special occasion. Actually two of them.
Today, May 21, 2014, I will be attending my girl’s pinning ceremony. She will be pinned as a nurse and on Friday, she will graduate with a BS in Nursing.
That calls for a big celebration, don’t you all think?
I had big plans for my children even before they were born.
We went through many ups and downs as life threw us many curve balls. We faced divorce, cancer, a remarriage, a blending of families, all while my precious girls were growing up.
For a while I definitely had my doubts about ever seeing my big girl with a college degree. She has surpassed my expectations and I am one proud mama.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.