Sunday, September 25, 2011

Apples Everywhere! Apple Crafts and Apple Cake

by Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Today we went to the Apple Harvest Festival at Flamingo Road Nursery. We got to try some delicious food, like cider, different types of apples, focaccia, cake, smoothies, and dips. 

We bought a bag of assorted apples to make our own apple crafts and apple dessert!

Apple Seed Art - Colors & Counting

Apple Stamping

The Beginning of Our Fall Bulletin Board

Then I decided to combine two different recipes and add my own touches to make a cake with apples.

Apple Spice Crumb Cake
For the cake:
1/2 stick plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup raisins, soaked in rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup peeled, cored and chopped apples
Crumb topping:
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8” x 8” baking dish with 1 teaspoon of the butter.
In a large bowl, cream together the remaining ½ stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla.

Fold in the apples, pecans, and raisins.

Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.

To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown and set, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 10 minutes. Makes about 9 servings

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