Apple Ricotta Coffee Cake

May 9, 2010 / By Foodland

Apple Ricotta Coffee Cake

A nice addition for breakfast or brunch
Course Dessert
Servings 8 Servings


  • Struesel
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 0.5 cup all purpose flour
  • 0.5 cup oats
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 0.5 cup pecan pieces
  • Coffee Cake Batter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 0.5 lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 0.75 teaspoon baking powder
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese


  1. Combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and salt into a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment.
  2. Mix on low until combined.
  3. Add in the butter and shortening (cut into small cubes) and mix on low until a coarse meal is formed.
  4. Add in the nuts.
  5. Do not over mix.
  6. Set aside until the coffee cake batter is finished.
Coffee Cake Batter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a 9" round cake pan or a bundt.
  3. Peel, core and cut apples into medium pieces, toss with lemon juice.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth - about 1 minute.
  6. Add in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl after every addition.
  7. Alternate adding in the flour and ricotta cheese, mixing on low speed until the batter is completely combined.
  8. Evenly spread 1/2 the batter into the pan.
  9. Sprinkle 1/2 of the streusel onto the batter and top with the diced apples.
  10. Dollop the remaining batter on top of the apples.
  11. The batter will be firm so use small dollops.
  12. Batter will spread when baked.
  13. Sprinkle the remaining streusel on top of the batter.
  14. Bake for 45 minutes then check the doneness by inserting a skewer into the center of the cake.
  15. It should come out clean.
  16. When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing it from the cake pan.
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