Recipes from Of Love And Low-Fat Muffins

Apple Pie

For the crust:
1 cup (220 grams) butter
1/3 cup (75 grams) sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cognac (you can use vanilla alternatively)
3 cups (375 grams) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

For the filling:
4 apples
2 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F/170C.
Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well, then add the cognac and the baking powder. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing well, until a smooth dough is formed (you want your dough to be soft and smooth, and not sticky).

Grease a baking pan, set aside a small part of the dough for the lattice top, and press the remaining dough evenly onto bottom and sides of the pan.

To prepare the filling, peel, core and slice the apples. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the apple slices, and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon. Stir. Keep cooking on medium heat until the apples are soft. Withdraw from the fire, and spoon the filling into the pan over the dough.

To make the lattice top, roll small pieces of the dough you kept aside into strips with your fingers, place them horizontally over the filling and press down the edges to ‘glue’ them to the crust. Do the same vertically.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Coffee Cake With Streusel Topping

2 cups (250 grams) flour
3/4 cups (170 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (100 grams) yogurt
1/4 cup (60 grams) butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
For the streusel topping:
1/2 cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
1/3 cup (50 grams) flour
1/4 cup (60 grams) butter, cold
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375F/180C.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the egg, yogurt, lemon juice and butter and whisk or beat until well-mixed.
Spread the mixture in a greased baking pan.
To make the topping, cut the butter into chunks and put it in the mixing bowl with the sugar. Pulse a few times until the chunks of butter are broken. Add the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the batter.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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