November 8, 2011

Apple Coffee Cake....Easy Like Sunday Morning on Peaks Island

Sunday morning, we decided to motor down to Old Port, catch the ferry and ride across Casco Bay to Peaks Island. The weather was in the upper 50's and it was a beautiful sun-sunny day!

However, this time for our island visit, we chose to take the car with us and see the entire island, which is not very large, but our walking endurance does not seem to be able to tour the length and width of this coastline.

Most of the few businesses had already closed for the season, but the Peaks Island Inn was still open for guests and visitors to lodge and dine. One of the most fascinating things about this style of living is the isolation you feel and the absolute quietness of the community. It is apparent, this is a choice in lifestyle....people quietly go about their day to day living and 0ften spend their retirement years away from the maddening crowd. These are a few of the picturesque coastal homes on the island.

This little beauty is for sale-"Old Glory", Circa 1860

The island residents are friendly and speak as you walk along the sidewalks and will often stop and offer directions on something they believe you would enjoy seeing. Their oceans views are absolute exquisite!

The ferry ride was simply beautiful and a new experience for us. Another lovely Sunday as we say goodbye to Peaks for the season....see you all next summer!

We started the morning with this easy, moist and delicious
apple cinnamon coffee cake!


Apple Coffee Cake Recipe
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
1 medium Cortland or other baking apple, peeled and sliced

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with or pie pan with a 4-cup capacity. In a medium bowl, whisk vigorously together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate small bowl, mix 1/4 a cup of the sugar with the cinnamon, set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating after each addition until just combined. Pour half of the batter in the bottom of the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, reserving a teaspoon or two to sprinkle on top. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top. Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.

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