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Apple Cake

12 Nov

This is one of my favorite cake recipes because it’s cinnamony enough for brunch and sweet enough for dessert.  I actually think my mom found it years ago in a Cooking Light magazine, and it has become a staple at my parents each Fall. 

Apple Cake

  •  1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs distilled white vinegar
  • 8 tbs unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups diced apples (about 3/4 inch dice)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

 Preheat over to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.  In a glass measuring cup, combine the milk and vinegar, stirring to blend.  Set aside, as it stands the milk will sour and thicken

In a large bowl, cream the butter and add the brown sugar and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and beat until smooth and light.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.  In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir well or whisk gently to blend. In several additions, alternately mix the dry ingredients and the sour milk into the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir until the batter is just mixed.

 

Spread about 2/3 of the batter into the greased baking pan.  Layer the diced apples over the batter and then cover with the rest of the batter.  Combine the remaining 3 tbs sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the top.

 

Bake 40 – 45 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown on top and beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.  A tooth pick inserted into the center should come out clean.  Let the cake cool in the pan before cutting into squares to serve.

This cake is best served with good friends and a mimosa!  Brunch anyone? 🙂

Apple and Pear Sauce

31 Oct

Every now and then I cook or bake something that reminds my of my blog name.  Something in the recipe fell a little flat, but the result was still delicious.  This was one of those recipes.

The good news is that this sauce can be served over waffles/pancakes, and in oatmeal for breakfast.  It’s a perfect side along chicken or pork at dinner, and a true winner over ice cream for dessert.  All in all a perfect sauce for Fall.

Apple and Pear Sauce

  • 2 ripe pears
  • 2 sweet apples like gala or jonathan
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider
  • 3 tbs butter

First peel and chop your pears and apples into small pieces.  They will cook down faster and produce a nice thick by chunky sauce.  Next melt your butter over medium heat and add apples and pears to pot.  Stir the fruit in the butter to coat the pieces, and turn up the heat to medium high.  Let the fruit cook for about 5-7 minutes until it starts to break down and the juice comes out from the fruit.  Then add your cinnamon and stir.  Let it cook for about 10 more minutes.  Your sauce will look syrupy and gooey. 

Now add your apple cider, and stir.  [Sidebar-I got distracted here and added a full cup of the apple cider.  You do not need that much if you want a thick sauce, which is what I was going for.]  Let your sauce come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer to thicken for about 5 more mins. 

Ready to serve?  I had mine with plain yogurt and it was a great way to start my day.