I lived in an orphanage 50 years ago and helped out in the kitchen, Back then, I often made this wonderful coffee cake, dutifully following the recipe in the cookbook they used in that kitchen. Years later, when I saw Kate Smith on television, I realized that I had been using her cookbook to make this coffee cake. I was delighted to know I had been using one of Kate's favorite recipes!
"'MY mom served this moist coffee cake every Sunday after church, but the peach topping was reserved for special occasions, like when company came,' Dad says. 'Usually, she simply sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on top.'"
On Sundays, friends and neighbors would stop at my Auntie Rae and Uncle Gene's house. Auntie Rae never cooked on Sundays, so she'd make this coffee cake on Sunday evening, from her own special "receipt", as she called it. The next day, she'd serve it from the warming closet of her cast-iron kitchen range.
This tried-and-true recipe is from my grandmother's collection, and it remains my favorite today. This cake tastes wonderful—the apple filling keeps it moist, and the crispy crunch of its nut mixture makes it seem forever fresh. Apple Cream Coffee Cake is always on my menu for brunch, and good for snacking at any time of day!
Of all the things I make for breakfast, this gets eaten the fastest. That's all right with me because it's also the easiest to prepare! Serve this tasty treat with fresh fruit, juice and coffee for a complete meal.