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Makeover Maple Coffee Cake

Downsizing the sugar and margarine, and switching to fat-free milk made all the difference in this coffee cake recipe, but without sacrificing one tasty crumb of flavor. —Sharon Boynak, La Porte, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs; mix well. Beat in milk and applesauce (mixture may appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to butter mixture just until moistened. Spread half of the batter into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Combine filling ingredients; sprinkle half of filling over the batter. Gently top with remaining batter and filling. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Combine icing ingredients until smooth; drizzle over coffee cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 318 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
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