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Crunchy Pecan-Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Description
Looking for a reason to host an informal gathering in your home? Brunch is the perfect occasion and this moist coffee cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Preparation Time
35 minutes

Bake Time
55 minutes plus cooling

Serves
Makes 10 to 12 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Great Substitute: Substitute Post Selects Cranberry Almond Crunch cereal for the Post Selects Great Grains cereal.


Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups Post Selects Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, divided
  • 2 medium tart green apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 20 caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half

Preparation
    1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
    2. MIX 1 cup cereal, 1/2 cup pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon in large bowl for pecan mixture; set aside. Mix remaining 1/2 cup cereal and 1/3 cup flour in medium bowl. Cut in 1/4 cup of the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 3/4 cup of the pecan mixture to form streusel crumb mixture. Set both mixtures aside.
    3. TOSS apple slices with lemon juice; set aside. Mix 1-3/4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat remaining 1/2 cup butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream until blended, beating on low speed.
    4. MICROWAVE caramels and half-and-half in small microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until caramels are melted. Stir; set aside. Spread 1/2 of the batter into greased 9-inch springform pan; sprinkle with reserved pecan mixture. Layer apple slices and drizzle with 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce. Gently spread with remaining batter. Top with reserved streusel crumb mixture.
    5. BAKE 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup pecans. Bake 45 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce. Cool 1 hour. Remove from pan.



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