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Monday, September 8, 2014

Apple Apple Apple


A couple of weeks ago, we took Noah apple picking.  Since then, he's been obsessed with apples and says the word NONSTOP!  Since we picked more apples than we could eat normally, I decided to look up some recipes to make using them.  Hopefully these will help you in case you find yourself with a few extra apples ;)

I found this delicious cake on Pinterest!  I made it Labor Day weekend since we were having guests over for dinner.  I have to admit though that I messed up the custard sauce.  The cake tasted great even without it though.  Next time I make I may buy some pre made custard sauce ;)

Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce
Serves 12
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 3 C. Flour
  • 2 t. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 t. Salt
  • 1/4 t. Cloves, ground
  • 1/4 t. Nutmeg, ground
  • 6 oz. Butter, (cold is fine)
  • 3/4 C. Sugar
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples(I used golden delicious to great effect)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 C. Milk
  • 2 T. Sugar(for sprinkling on top of cake)

  • FOR THE CUSTARD:
  • 6 large Egg Yolks
  • 6 T. Sugar
  • 1 1/2 C. Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 t. Vanilla
Instructions

FOR THE CAKE:

  1. Grease and flour an 8" or 9" round springform pan. Using an 8" pan will give you a taller cake.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl. Make sure the bowl is very large to allow room for the apples to be folded in.
  4. Cut the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  5. Add the 3/4 C. sugar to the flour mixture and mix in.
  6. Peel the apples and slice them into uniform pieces. This cake works best and gets that 'chunky apple look' if the slices are about 1/4" wide and then cut into 3 pieces.
  7. Toss the apples into the flour mixture and combine them thoroughly.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Add to the apples and flour and mix in with a large spatula until just combined. Batter will be thick and dough-like.
  9. Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of your spatula.
  10. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the cake.
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Test the center for doneness. The top of the cake should be golden brown. Serve slices with custard sauce.



FOR THE CUSTARD SAUCE:

  1. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until pale yellow, 2-3 minutes. Place the milk in a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil. Slowly whisk the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and stir over medium heat until custard thickens, about 4 minutes. Custard should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Mix in the vanilla. Transfer to bowl or serving saucer.
  2. Serve warm or cold over apple cake.

I also made these muffins for our football breakfast.  They were a huge hit and I think Noah had at least 3 or 4 that day!  I found the recipe on Erin's blog and have made them a few times before.  

Apple Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients

1 Egg
2 Egg Whites
1/3 C Vegetable Oil
2/3 C Skim Milk
2 C Sugar
2 C grated zucchini (packed) 
2 Apples (cored, peeled, and diced)
1 tsp Vanilla
3 C Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease muffin pan (or use liners)
  3. Combine egg, egg whites, oil, milk, and sugar in large bowl
  4. Stir in grated zucchini, apples, and vanilla
  5. Separately, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon
  6. Add flour mixture to zucchini mixture and mix
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes

3 comments:

  1. We went apple picking this past weekend! It was so hot but so much fun! How cute is that picture of Noah?? I could barely get Mason to take a picture picking an apple let alone balance one on his head! You're super mom!

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  2. These recipes sound delish!! Now I really want to take Mia apple picking :) What a fun activity!!

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