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Apple Butter Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe

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I can’t believe I made this apple butter walnut coffee cake, it’s so yummy. Just a perfect way to start a day! Add this to your list of must make easy apple recipes!

It’s soft, warm and so very fluffy, it’s like a treat just for me. But, I guess I’ll share if I have to.

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How to Make Apple Butter Walnut Coffee Cake

If you’re looking for more amazing breakfast recipes, be sure to check out these 35+ breakfast recipes worth waking up for. You won’t be sorry that you tried them.

But back to the most perfect breakfast ever. Can you imagine the way my house smelled as I baked this amazing breakfast treat? All that apple and sweetness coming together. It was like a fall breakfast palooza.

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How to Make Apple Butter Walnut Coffee Cake

Step one is to make some apple butter. That stuff is gooooood. And you’re going to want to make it homemade, because homemade apple butter is so much better than anything you could ever buy.

Then it’s just a matter of making your dough. So, the day before, you mix together your milk and butter and mix over low heat until the butter melts. Then let it cool to room temperature.

Then drop the yeast and add the egg yolks to the mixing bowl. From there, you add your dry ingredients–your sugar (granulated white sugar, not brown sugar), salt and flour (baking powder and baking soda are unnecessary because it’s a yeast-based recipe) and mix together, then let it rest overnight.

The next day, you make your filling (and crumb topping, because you can save back some of this crumb mixture to put on top of your breakfast cake if you want–although I always forget to).

Roll the flour mixture out and put the filling in, then fold it up and put the bread in the baking pans.

You’re going to preheat oven and bake. It’s done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I always plan on serving warm with a little butter. But then I forget the butter, but that’s probably a little better for me than if I added those extra little pats. LOL!

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Refreshing Drink: Breakfast Smoothie for the Win

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Once you make this Apple Butter Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe, your mouth will be ready for more sweet breakfast cakes to make your day start with a yum. Good news for you is that I have that covered:

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Apple Butter Walnut Coffee Cake

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

I can't believe I made this apple butter walnut coffee cake, it's so yummy. Just a perfect way to start a day!


Coffee Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 3 eggs, separated, reserve the egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar

Filling Ingredients

  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • Reserved egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Heat butter and milk over low on the stovetop until butter has melted. Cool to lukewarm. 
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and beat in the egg yolk. Blend in the cooled milk mixture.
  3. Sift in the flour, salt, and sugar. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next day, blend walnuts, raisins, milk and apple butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until mixture thickens. Let cool.
  6. Beat egg whites until stiff and slowly add in the 1 cup of sugar. Fold into the cooled apple butter walnut mixture.
  7. Spray bread pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Divide dough into two equal pieces (4 if using 2 small bread pans) and dust each with flour. Roll out (one at a time) to make a large circle. Pour half of the walnut filling onto the dough and spread out over the dough and roll up jelly-roll fashion. Set aside and roll our second piece of dough and repeat process. When done, twist the two pieces of filled dough together, making a braid or twist. Place in carefully in bread pan.
  9. Place on stovetop and let rise for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  11. Cool in pan for 15 minutes and then invert to a cake plate. Drizzle with a vanilla glaze.
  12. Serve fresh for best results or reheat slices in microwave for 30 seconds prior to serving to retain moistness.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 656Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 3gSugar: 50gProtein: 11g

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Tuesday 12th of November 2019

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