Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Happy Holidays to everyone! As a special gift to all those wonderful readers from all over the world I am giving you an easy recipe. My sweet friend Melissa sent me a jar of homemade apple butter as a gift. This is a big deal because generally people don’t cook for me and I know how long it takes to make apple butter. It smelled and tasted devine so I wanted something besides toasted bread to showcase it. I also had some of those amazing little caramel balls. Not sure how else to describe them since they aren’t chips. If you can’t find them, made by Kraft, you can just chop up some of the regular caramels and it should work just fine. This recipe is adapted from my trusty Betty Crocker Cookbook.

You will need:

3 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 tsp rum extract
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

Filling:
1/4 cup apple butter
1/2 cup caramel balls or chopped caramels

Grease a bundt pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and rum extract together until fluffy and light.  I could lie here and say I mixed the dry together in another bowl but then Santa would take me off his list and I need some new running gear so I am going to be honest. I never mix all the dry into another bowl because it means I have one more thing to wash. I always just add the baking soda and baking powder into the wet and mix well then I start to add the flour.  Add one cup of flour after you add the baking soda and powder, or be proper and mix together it is up to you, then add in some of the yogurt. Mix this in well then continue to alternate dry and wet until everything is mixed in.  Add about one half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan then spoon on the apple butter and sprinkle the caramel on top. Cover with the rest of the batter and bake in the oven for about 45-55 minutes.  Mine took about 55 but test with a toothpick at around 45 minutes and see if it comes out clean.  You can glaze with powdered sugar and milk if you want but I didn’t think it needed it.  Wishing everyone a joyful and blessed new year thanks for sticking with me.  Sukie