Wednesday, October 6, 2010

cake for breakfast

Remember that Bill Cosby sketch about the dad who gave his kids cake for breakfast? "Dad is great! He feeds us chocolate cake!" He justified it with all the good things in cake, like eggs. I can so see the carnivore trying this with baby omnivore.

Well, this isn't exactly chocolate cake for breakfast but it is a pretty awesome coffee cake. And you can justify how good it is for your family because it has both apples and granola. Apples are everywhere this time of year, and a few even caught the carnivore's eye at the market the other day. However, once they got home he never thought to eat them. I know - you're shocked. So, I decided I would make this recipe for him to use at least one of them up before they went bad. I found this recipe in my Recipes from the Heart Cookbook and adapted it a bit.

You will need the following:
1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
2/3 cup of light brown sugar
8 tbsp of cold butter, diced into small pieces
1 cup of granola (I used one with dried apple bits.)
2 eggs
2/3 cup of evaporated milk
1 apple, cored and sliced thin
2 tbsp of sugar

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then grease a 9 inch spring form pan (A cake pan will do, but the spring form pan makes it easier to remove.) In your mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add it 6 tbsp of the butter and mix until crumbly. Take out 1/2 cup of the flour mixture and put it in a separate bowl. In that bowl add in 1/4 cup of the granola and mix. Set this aside. Add your eggs and evaporated milk to the original mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining granola. Pout the batter into the pan. Top with apples. Add the flour/granola mix on top. Dot with the remaining butter. Sprinkle sugar on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool ten minutes in pan before removing to cake stand. Serve in wedges while warm.

So, if you have a great dad in your life, like my baby omnivore does, spoil him sometime soon with this sensational apple dish. Who doesn't like cake for breakfast after all?


  1. I am CRACKING UP right now. I was just watching his skit the other day (seriously, it must have been Sunday), and I asked Matt if the chocolate cake bit had been on yet. Of course, he wasn't paying attention (I swear, he's useful...), but it's one of my favorite bits. I'm glad you mentioned it!

    And that cake looks delicious, too! ;) Definitely one I'd want to have for breakfast!

  2. Saw Bill Cosby on the today show this's like he knew I was talking about him!

  3. Cake for breakfast is always fine by me, especially if it's a coffee cake like the one you made.


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