Lemon Curd Crumb Cake

Lemon Curd Crumb Cake
I do a lot of baking with citrus in the spring. The bright, zesty flavors of lemon and limes (among others) are perfect for brightening up baked goods. This Lemon Curd Crumb Cake is the perfect dish to bake for a spring brunch – but it is easy …

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Lemon Curd Crumb Cake
I do a lot of baking with citrus in the spring. The bright, zesty flavors of lemon and limes (among others) are perfect for brightening up baked goods. This Lemon Curd Crumb Cake is the perfect dish to bake for a spring brunch – but it is easy enough that you can whip it up that you don’t need to wait for a crowd to serve it! The moist sour cream coffee cake has a generous swirl of lemon curd running through it and is topped with a buttery streusel!

The coffee cake has a dense and tender crumb, enriched with plenty of sour cream. I prefer using a full fat sour cream in this recipe to get the maximum tenderness in the cake, but it works with lowfat sour cream, too. In the event you don’t have sour cream on hand, you can substitute plain, full fat yogurt. I added a couple of teaspoons of vanilla to the cake batter to give it a wonderfully round flavor. It’s good on its own, but it is a great canvas for other ingredients, like lemon curd.

You can use homemade lemon curd in this recipe or pull a jar of prepared lemon curd out of your pantry. The lemon curd should be dolloped on top of the cake batter in small spoonfuls after the batter is spread evenly in the pan. Next, take a knife and gently swirl the lemon curd into the cake batter. You want to have an even distribution of lemon curd over the cake, but you don’t want to swirl it to the point where it has been stirred in, so swirl gently!

Finally, the crumb topping is sprinkled over the curd before baking. The streusel is easy to make and has a nice sweetness, with a faint hint of salt that makes it downright addictive.

The cake is ready to eat as soon as it has cooled down. I recommend lining the pan with lightly grease aluminum foil or parchment paper, as the lemon curd can stick to the edges of the pan during baking. Lining the pan also means that you can simply lift the liner to easily remove the whole cake in one go! The cake will keep for several days after baking if stored in an airtight container.

Lemon Curd Crumb Cake
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup prepared lemon curd

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350F.
Make the cake: Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and lightly grease.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by the sour cream. Stir in the remaining flour mixture and mix until batter is just combined with no streaks of dry ingredients remaining. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
Dollop small spoonfuls of lemon curd all over the cake batter. Working gently, use a butter knife to swirl the curd lightly into the cake batter. Set aside while you prepare crumb topping.
Make the topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Add softened butter and cut in using a fork until mixture resembles wet sand. Grab handfuls of the crumb mixture and squeeze them in the palm of your hand to form clumps. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the lemon curd.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with only a few moist crumbs and the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Serves 9-12

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Easy Apple Crumble

What’s better than a big pan of apple crumble? This easy recipe fills a 9 x 13 inch pan with crunchy topping and a gingery apple filling. Growing up with an apple tree in my backyard, my family would hours making and freezing homemade applesauce and canning apple butter. To keep us going, my mom would make her signature apple crisp. We’d shovel in forkfuls with vanilla ice cream running down our chins. And now, Alex and me finally have our own take on the old standard! This is the best classic apple crumble (or apple crisp, because they’re pretty darn similar). It’s a big 9 x 13 pan to feed a crowd, and fresh ginger accentuates the gooey filling perfectly. Ready to get started? Best apples for baking apple crumble What are the best apples for baking apple crumble or crisp? We’re glad you asked. There are certain apples that hold their texture better than baked. Some apple varieties are better for eating than cooking! Alex and my personal preference is for tart or sweet tart apples when baking. Here are what we’ve found are the best apple varieties for baking: Jonathon or Jonagold Ida Red Honeycrisp Golden Delicious […]

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What’s better than a big pan of apple crumble? This easy recipe fills a 9 x 13 inch pan with crunchy topping and a gingery apple filling.

Apple crumble

Growing up with an apple tree in my backyard, my family would hours making and freezing homemade applesauce and canning apple butter. To keep us going, my mom would make her signature apple crisp. We’d shovel in forkfuls with vanilla ice cream running down our chins. And now, Alex and me finally have our own take on the old standard! This is the best classic apple crumble (or apple crisp, because they’re pretty darn similar). It’s a big 9 x 13 pan to feed a crowd, and fresh ginger accentuates the gooey filling perfectly. Ready to get started?

Apples for baking

Best apples for baking apple crumble

What are the best apples for baking apple crumble or crisp? We’re glad you asked. There are certain apples that hold their texture better than baked. Some apple varieties are better for eating than cooking! Alex and my personal preference is for tart or sweet tart apples when baking. Here are what we’ve found are the best apple varieties for baking:

  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith

We used Ida Red that we picked at a local apple orchard in this apple crumble, and they had the perfect texture and flavor.

Easy Apple Crumble

Tips for this easy apple crumble

This apple crumble is truly easy to make, and uses simple ingredients and time-honored crumble traditions. Here are a few tips for baking and serving this apple crumble:

  • Use fresh ginger. Many apple crumble recipes use ground ginger, but fresh ginger adds the best flavor. Our best trick for fresh ginger? Peel it with a spoon.
  • It makes a big pan: 12 servings! One way to keep desserts healthy is to eat a small serving. This makes a 9 x 13 pan, which is 12 servings. If you stick to that size, this dessert is not so bad!
  • Top with Greek yogurt, creme fraiche, whipped cream, or ice cream. To make a healthy spin, try a small dollop of Greek yogurt that’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Creme fraiche with a little maple is heavenly.
Apple crumble

Variations on this recipe

There are a few variations listed in the recipe below to customize this apple crumble for various diets and tastes! Here’s what you can do:

  • Make it vegan: Use coconut oil in place of the butter. The crumble will be slightly softer than it is with butter, but it’s still fantastic.
  • Make it gluten free or paleo: Use almond flour in place of all purpose flour. The filling will still be delightfully crumbly.
  • Add flair: Add spices to give it a spin. Try 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cardamom in the crumble, or add a pinch of nutmeg or cloves.
Apple crisp

Apple recipes

Got more apples? We went apple picking this year (see below) and had a ton of leftover apples. We made this apple crumble, and have been picking our way through our favorite apple recipes. Here are a few of our top picks for cooking with apples:

This apple crumble recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, follow the variations in the recipe below.

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Easy Apple Crumble


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

What’s better than a big pan of apple crumble? This one makes a 9 x 13 pan of classic crunchy topping and a gooey cinnamon and ginger apple filling.


Ingredients

For the filling

  • 6 medium to large cooking apples
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the crumble

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (or coconut oil for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Peel the ginger and grate it.
  3. Combine the apple slices and filling ingredients in large bowl and toss with your hands until well coated.
  4. In separate bowl, make the crumble topping: stir together the flour, brown sugar, oats, walnuts and kosher salt. Add the vanilla and stir. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to bowl. Use pastry cutter or fork to fully incorporate the butter (or room temperature coconut oil).
  5. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place the apple filling in the bottom, then evenly distribute the crumble over the top.
  6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until browned and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with Greek yogurt or creme fraiche sweetened with a drizzle of maple syrup, whipped cream (classic, vegan or bourbon infused), or ice cream.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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