Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A few delicious fall recipes

I love this weather! It has definitely hit the rainy season here, but all is well because here come the baked goods! Lov'n it.

Here are some recipes I thought I would share....

Apple Spice Cake (adapted from marthastewart)

1 vegetable oil
1/3 cup apple sauce
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 to 4 firm and crisp (tart) apples, cored (not peeled) and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
1 cup chopped assorted nuts, such as pecans and walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Nonstick cooking spray with flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.
Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.
Fold reserved parchment in half lengthwise; with mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated.
Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.
Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.
Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack, and serve drizzled with caramel sauce.
*this cake is really delicious on it's own with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top and no sauce.

Caramel Sauce
1 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt


Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency.

Another EASY recipe we made on the fly is our version of an apple tart:

Phyllo Apple Tart
1 package phyllo dough (they come 2 in a box, only use 1)
2-3 apples (crisp. we love Fuji or Braeburn because they arn't as sweet)
brown sugar- about 1/4 cup
2 tbsp butter
cinnamon (optional)
Thaw out the phyllo dough and press seems together on baking sheet. Slice apples thinly and place in a tight layer overlapping each other over the entire dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with butter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. (Hubby actually likes it without cinnamon).

Bake 400 degrees 15-20 minutes until golden brown and bubble. Let sit for 10 minutes and cut into squares.



Sarah in the Middle said...

Oh, I'm so making that cake :) Thanks!

What are you doing home today??

iamwoman said...

not home.. took an "internet break". haha!

gkgirl said...

mmmmmmmmm...that looks

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