Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have an apple tree.
Here, look upon my apple tree:
Beautiful, is it not?
Better yet, it provides a marvelous view from my kitchen sink.
Here, look upon the view from my kitchen sink:
The window screen makes it a little fuzzy, but you get the idea. It’s a damn fine view.
For comparison sake, here was the view from my former kitchen sink:
You’re probably wondering why I bothered taking a picture of a brick wall.
About three months ago, give or take a day, I got a wee bit concerned about our move from Arizona to Minnesota.
I started thinking that at some future point — say, in February when it’s 30 below here and 70 in Phoenix — I’ll think to myself, “HOLY FREAKIN’ COW, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!”
So in preparation for that event, I took pictures of all the things in our Phoenix home that drove me nuts. Hence, the picture of a brick wall.
(Just curious, what’s that say about a person who plans ahead for panic attacks?)
I also have shots of my kids’ rooms (cleaning is not their strong suit), our “music room” (it was more a catch-all room), and – my personal favorite — a stack of dirty dishes one of my kids left by the empty sink.
The question is, will looking at a picture of dirty dishes ease the pain of moving away from my kids?
Um… yeah. It has. (I’m a monster.)
Anyway, back to the apples. I’ve no idea what kind they are except they are wonderful for baking. (Score!) Also, I’ve come to a better understanding of why commercial growers use chemicals. Up close and personal, my apples are not pretty.
Tell me, would you pay good money for these apples?
Neither would I. Yet they’re delicious in your morning oatmeal with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar.
So far I’ve made a couple pies, muffins, several bowls of oatmeal, and a wonderful cake that I will share with you in a moment.
(*gasp* She’s actually sharing a recipe?!)
This weekend I plan on picking the entire tree; I believe it’s time and the bugs have had enough of a feast. I foresee a batch of applesauce and apple butter in my future.
But first, cake!
This cooler weather (54° this morning) put me in the mood for baking. I scoured my cookbooks for recipes using apples and found no less than five for cake, all a tad different. I took what I liked best from each (more apples and spices here, less oil and eggs there, ooh a glaze!) and came up with this one. It turned out marvelous and it works either as a coffee cake or a dessert.
By the way, the town in which I now live has the best coffee. Really! It’s a downtown shop called Reality Roasters. Their beans might cost a little more, but dang, they’re worth it.
Just the thing for this cake. ☕
Apple Cake with Butterscotch Glaze
This is a rich tasting cake but without a lot of oil and eggs; Perfect for a cool autumn morning with a cup of coffee or as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream.
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups diced apples, unpeeled (about 5 or 6 baking apples)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda*
- Granola or rolled oats for topping (I used Full Circle’s oats & honey granola)
- Glaze (see below)
Mix together sugar, oil, eggs and apples. In separate bowl mix together flour, spices, salt, and baking soda. Add to the apple mixture, stir well and pour into a greased 13 x 9″ baking pan. Sprinkle with about 1/2 cup of granola or rolled oats. Bake at 350° for 50 to 60 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Prepare glaze while cake cools.
Butterscotch Glaze: In small saucepan over medium heat, stir together 2 Tablespoons butter, 3 Tablespoons brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons heavy cream or half-n-half. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Let cool slightly and drizzle on top of cake.
Can serve warm or cooled. 🍂
*I know it sounds like a lot, but the two teaspoons of baking soda is correct. 🙂