Seasonal Dessert Recipe: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple dessert recipes from Hickory Farms.

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Cinnamon and apples are a classic combination. Finish your dinner with a sweet seasonal dessert, featuring just the right amount of sugar and spice, by preparing this delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake. Showcasing the gorgeous ripe apples from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets, this great recipe is sure to be a staple of your family’s dessert repertoire for years to come.

 

Apple streusel coffee cake from Hickory Farms.

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Prepare the apple streusel coffee cake

Start making this moist cake by sifting the flour, making sure to remove any lumps. Then, combine the flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients, including a bit of baking powder, salt, a little sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Start by beating an egg, then adding melted vegetable shortening and milk. Once this is well combined, add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.

Prepare a couple Fuji Apples from your Hickory Farms gift box by rinsing the fruit and removing the stems and core. Give the apples a rough chop, trying to keep the pieces as uniform as possible. Once they’re chopped, mix the apples into the batter.

 

Seasonal desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Add the decadent streusel topping

To make your delicious apple dessert extra special, while adding a nice textural component, finish with a streusel. In a small bowl, simply combine sugar, flour, butter and a little extra cinnamon for good measure.

Pour the apple cake batter into a greased 8-inch pan and top with the streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, at 400 degrees.

Serve this delightful, decadent dessert warm out of the oven with a heaping scoop full of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

 

Delicious apple desserts from Hickory Farms.
 

This delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is just one of the many great apple dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruits. Starting with the beautiful fruits included in our gourmet fruit baskets, such as our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, featuring Crown Comice Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Fuji Apples, and a little creativity, your dessert and snack possibilities are endless!

Cheese, Fruits and Nuts: Family-Friendly Snacks

With tons of calcium, protein, fiber and vitamins, snacks consisting of fruits, nuts and cheese are healthy and delicious treats for the whole family. Be ready to combat hunger in a healthy way with these fun snack ideas for kids, that are made with ingredients from Hickory Farms’ gourmet fruits and nuts baskets.

Cheese snacks from Hickory farms
 

Make a fun twist on a traditional cheese sandwich by substituting crackers for delicious cheese snacks.  Simply cut up an assortment of our creamy cheeses, such as the Smoked Cheddar or Creamy Swiss Blend, add the cheese to the cracker and top with either sliced pickles or your favorite flavor of our Farmstand Fruit Spreads.

Kid-friendly snacks from Hickory farms

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Transform extra bits of gourmet fruits and nuts into a delicious granola. Start by drying apples and pears in a food dehydrator. Then, on a baking sheet, combine rolled oats and mixed nuts with honey, maple syrup, cinnamon and a pinch of salt before baking. Allow the mixture to cool and toss in the dried fruit.

Fruit sandwich from Hickory Farms

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Turn an apple into a sweet and delicious fruit sandwich. Begin by cutting your apples into rings, carefully removing the core. Top half of your apple slices with peanut butter, chopped nuts, chocolate chips and coconut. Finally, finish by adding a second apple slice.

Fun snack ideas for kids from Hickory farms

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Give your cashews a whole new flavor profile by currying them. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, curry powder and salt, and then bake the nuts until dry.

 

Kid-friendly snacks from Hickory Farms

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For a kid-friendly snack that’s sure to delight, top crackers with mouse-shaped cheese. To make the mice, cut a large slice of Farmstead Cheddar and, with your knife, round the corners to form the mouse’s body. Finish with almonds for the ears, raisins for the eyes and the nose, and a long piece of chive for the tail.

Cheese snack from Hickory Farms

 

With the gift baskets from Hickory Farms’ Fruits and Nuts collection, such as the Fresh from the Farm basket–featuring creamy cheeses, assorted gourmet nuts and fruits — or the Hickory Tropical Delight – which includes fruits, pistachios, a variety of cheddars and a bottle of wine–you’ll have nearly everything you need to create one of these easy, healthy snacks for your family.


Seasonal Recipe: Poached Pears over Ice Cream

When it comes to fall fruits, there’s nothing quite like a nice, crisp pear. This versatile fruit can brighten your cranberries, add a subtle sweetness to your stuffing, or liven up your dessert buffet. Impress your guests this season by finishing your meal with decadent poached pears over vanilla ice cream.

 

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Preparing your pears

Begin with five pears that are slightly firm to the touch. Remove the peel and slice the pears in half. Then, using a spoon, take out the seeds and the core, before running your knife through the fruit a few times for a nice, rough chop.

Now’s the time to add the goodies! Place your diced pears in a medium-sized mixing bowl and douse them with a liberal amount of sugar and just a pinch of salt. Stir the mixture to coat and set the bowl aside.

 

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Time for the toppings

Grab a generous handful of pecans and place them on a large cutting board. Take your chef’s knife and chop the pecans until there are no big pieces remaining.

In a second mixing bowl, add one and a half cups flour, one-third cup of brown and white sugar, a bit of cinnamon and some chopped pecans. Melt a stick of butter in the microwave and add it to your bowl. Then, mix the butter, flour, sugars, cinnamon and pecans together.

 

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Assembling the dessert

After lightly buttering a baking dish, spread your pears in an even layer before adding toppings.

Now, all you have to do is pop the dish in the oven for half an hour at 350 degrees. Afterwards, top with ice cream and serve while still warm!

 

Sharing the love

This delicious dessert also makes a great gift idea. Simply print off the recipe and tuck it into one of our many amazing Hickory Farms pear baskets, like the Hickory Holiday Celebration, which includes tons of gourmet goodies, such as wine, sausage and cheese; the Fresh From the Farm Basket, which features an abundance of artisan delicacies, or, for the true fruit lover, the Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket.

No matter which basket you choose, anyone on your list is sure to love this thoughtful and delicious Hickory Farms gift.