Apple Spice – Pecan Coffee Cake

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So after two weeks of uninterrupted gorgeous sunshine and uncharacteristically high temperatures in Vancouver, it got a little bit gloomy again here for a few days and I couldn’t seem to help but crave hot coffee and comforting baked goods to help me mourn the loss of the sun. Alright so I may have been being a tad over-dramatic about the weather, but what can I say… I got used to the sunshine. So to sooth myself, I decided it was time for some good old fashion comfort food baking.

Since I couldn’t seem to stop drinking warm beverages, I decided that I wanted something that would pair nicely with my morning coffee and perhaps an afternoon latte – yes, I drink too much caffeine... let’s just not make a thing of it right now. So when I began to look around my pantry for a some flavour inspiration, the Okanagan apples that I had just bought at the farmers market the other day immediately caught my eye. What about an apple spice cake?  I asked myself and since at the time I really didn’t have a nailed down perfect recipe for the perfect apple spice cake I decided this was exactly  what my baking mission for the day would be… coming up with a killer apple spice cake recipe.

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Fresh Strawberry Crumb Coffee Cake

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Around our house, Friday nights always call for a little bit of a celebration. Now I know what your thinking… Friday night = Party night, but since Cole and I are just about the only 25 year olds on this planet who would much prefer to have a quiet night in rather than party it up on a Friday night, our Friday night celebrations are a little more on the subdued side, but that doesn’t make them any less special for us.

Our Friday night celebrations usually consist of Cole taking me out for dinner to one of our favourite restaurants such as Big Feast in Maple Ridge – Nom! Other times we catch the latest flick at the movie theatre, (usually he lets me choose :D) But more often than not, Cole and I opt for my favourite option, which is to get cozy and stay in on a Friday night. I know that to some people this may sound incredibly boring, but for Cole and I, it is a chance to really catch up on the events of each others week and make exciting plans for the weekend ahead of us.

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Strawberry -Rhubarb Coffee Cake

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The sun has finally come to Vancouver and according to the weather network, it is FINALLY here to stay for a while! To say that this makes me happy, would be the understatement of the century. To put it quite simply I LOVE the sun! I seriously cannot get enough of it, and now that is has arrived, it has put me in the mood to bake all kinds of goodies that have a light and airy summer taste. Seriously, the prospect of berry season has actually kept me up nights the past week… I just couldn’t stop daydreaming about all the different recipes I want to try and concoct this summer.

My head is buzzing with thoughts of lemon cakes, fruit tarts, pies, homemade ice creams, fruit cheesecakes… what were we just talking about? Oh yes! Summer baking, I could go on for days about the baked goods I have been day dreaming about, but I’m sure you would prefer if I get on with the recipe.

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