Archive for November 10, 2010

Hot Apple Cake w/ Caramel Pecan Sauce

When I was a girl growing up in Michigan, every autumn in October we’d head off to the u-pick-it apple farms and pick apples.  It was a Saturday adventure we all enoyed.  After climbing trees and tossing apples gently to my younger brothers waiting below it was apple cider and donut time at the mill.

The cider was always just pressed the same day – often within a couple hours. It had the most amazingly sweet, pungent, apple-y flavor.  The donuts were the cake style rather than raised.  They were golden brown. Crispy outside, coated with cinnamon-sugar, tender inside and still warm from the fryer.

This cake reminds me of those once a year Saturdays from my childhood in the fall.  It’s from a 1985 cookbook I’ve owned all these years titled, “The Dessert Lover’s Cookbook” by Marlene Sarosky.  It simply wouldn’t be fall without making this dessert. The batter is buttery, cinnamon-y and it’s loaded with chopped apples. The Caramel Pecan Sauce and a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream make it sheer heaven.  It’s not fancy to look at – but the flavors say pure autumn.

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November 10, 2010 at 6:14 am 4 comments

Maple Walnut Granola

  • This is my kind of breakfast. Crunchy, lightly sweet and tangy tart all at the same time.  Served up with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt and a handful of berries. It’s perfect breakfast chow in my opinion.
  • Okay, okay. I’ll be honest with you.  Left to my own devices, I would rather have leftovers from dinner the night before nuked in the microwave rather than actual, dedicated breakfast food.  But that’s not always an option – nor should it be. So, the question of what to have for breakfast looms large some mornings.
  • I’m not a big egg person. On the other hand, my husband Ernie’s knickname is, “The Eggman.” Remember the ol’ Beatles song? “I am the walrus. I am the eggman.”

November 10, 2010 at 5:38 am 2 comments


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