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Celebrate family traditions this holiday season with a piece of Apple Praline Pecan Coffee Cake ~ Tender sour cream coffee cake full of tart apples topped with a praline pecan streusel topping!
This time of year many of us revisit the family holiday traditions we grew up. It is the time of year to share memories of the past and create new ones. The kid will be 18 in a few weeks and imagines of him over the years have been popping up in my mind. He was 8 days old for his first Christmas and it’s amazing think that he is almost a grown man.
Many of our holiday traditions are ones from my childhood. My mother was always very particular about what we did each year. The tree went up the day after Thanksgiving, we got new pjs on Christmas Eve and no one could open presents on the big day until we had eaten a little something. We had a new color scheme each year but there was always room for our Hallmark ornaments.
For years she worked at the Hallmark store in our hometown. It was an old-fashioned store with a candy counter and she was the candy lady. Each year she would carefully pick out a new ornament for my brother and I, along with the perfect Hallmark greeting card. My son’s first Hallmark ornament was a miniature from the 1997 Keepsake of Membership series commemorating the 175th year of The Night Before Christmas, which was written in 1822.
It is funny how some traditions were tortuous when we were kids but make perfect sense as an adult. It would drive us nuts that mom made us eat before we could open any presents. It was nothing big, usually a coffee cake she made the night before, but it was the longest 15 minutes of the year. Later we would have a big breakfast, so it was just enough to keep us going for the morning. Now I realize she was really doing us a favor by prolonging the wonderful anticipation you experience on Christmas morning.
Over time it has been a joy to watch the kid go through the same wonderfully agonizing experience. Now that he is older the pace is slower and we usually cook together. Every holiday season we have come up with a new variation of that basic coffee cake my mom made. This year we are using locally grown, tart green apples and praline pecans that remind me of the praline candy my mom would make each Christmas.
While shopping at Walmart I perused the Christmas decorations and found the Hallmark Ornaments. We love our every day angels and I couldn’t resist adding this pretty little lady to our collection. She reminds me of the local folks we support everyday. In fact the apples and eggs in this Apple Praline Pecan Coffee Cake are from our neighborhood farmers market!
Look for Hallmark Ornaments at your local Walmart near the front of the store or the holiday decorations. There are so many it is hard to pick just one!
Holiday traditions are a wonderful way to build family memories. How does your family celebrate the holidays?
- For the cake~
- ¾ cup butter, room temperature
- ½ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 green apples, cored and chopped, ¼ inch pieces
- For the topping~
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 3 tablespoons chilled butter
- 1 cup praline pecans, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8x2 cake pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars.
- Beat in eggs one at a time.
- Mix in sour cream and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl whisk together remaining cake ingredients.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mixing well until batter is formed.
- Fold in apple pieces
- Pour into cake pan.
- Add topping ingredients to a small bowl. Mix together until it forms small crumbles. Spread evenly over coffee cake.
- Bake 50-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Serve warm or make ahead.