German Holiday Breakfast Cake

| 12/9/2016 8:41:00 AM

Chef ElizabethIMG_1291

I wanted to share this special recipe because it is perfect for holiday entertaining. I am lucky enough to get the culinary benefits of having an Austrian-German sharing my kitchen; this is a recipe that he developed and perfected over time. I love to bake delicious goods over the course of the few days when company is around. This cake is reminiscent of upside-down cake, but it is less work. I love warm fruit cakes that are steaming from the heat of the oven, and I love the way the whipped cream melts all over the cake. We also pour local maple syrup over the cake from time to time. I always find a way to sneak that liquid gold into my food!

During the holidays we all love a quick, easy, and delicious breakfast cake that is full of the taste of the season. Your kitchen will be filled the scent of sugar, cinnamon, and apples. This is a family favourite and it serves 12, so it is perfect for a large group. This cake is delicious at room temperature, and it warms up perfectly the next day.

Feel free to substitute the fruit if you like — around the holidays try pineapple or pears. Add a few maraschino cherries for additional color.


For the apple-walnut topping:

• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
• 1/3 cup butter
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
• 4-5 large apples, peeled and cut into chunks or slices
• juice of one medium lemon, about 2 tablespoons
• 3 tablespoons butter