Hello! How was your weekend?
I had a fabulous weekend with my dear friend. We baked, and ate and talked and ate and shopped and ate and shared many laughs. It was exactly what I needed.
|Image from Paula Dean|
One of the things we baked was Fresh Apple Cake from Paula Dean, it is very easy to throw together, you probably have all of the ingredients in your house, and it is moist and delicious. The fresh apples and the hint of cinnamon will have you going back for seconds and even thirds.
Fresh Apple Cake
adapted from Paula Dean
11/2 cups of confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons of honey
3 tablespoons of heavy cream
3 cups of diced apples, 2 medium or 3 small
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of sugar
11/4 cups of vegetable oil
Glaze: Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set the bowl aside.
Cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a Bundt pan or two small 5″ Bundt pans. In a small bowl, mix together the apples, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined. Fold in the apple mixture.
Pour the batter( it is VERY thick) into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate. Drizzle the apple cake with some of the honey glaze and serve.
NOTE: I used two 5 inch Bundt pans for this recipe and baked them for about 50 minutes.
Another thing we did was experiment with recipes for Christmas gifts, it’s hard to believe but Christmas really is not that far away, a little more than 90 days away. We made a few of these scrumptious Cocoa Cinnamon Coffee Cake which I think would be great on Christmas morning or perhaps in gift baskets.
And last but not least, one of my favorite things to make, Chocolate Cranberry Rugulach. These cookies are delicious, they are filled with chocolate, cranberries, pecans and cinnamon, an unusual be scrumptious combination.
What did you do? Did you have fun? Or did you relax? Did you get things ready for the coming winter? Whatever the case, I hope you enjoyed it.
Have a fabulous week!
Note: The Fresh Apple cake photo is from Paula Dean. My camera is on the fritz, hopefully I will have it back today.