Well, September's officially here. But I live in Texas, which means that Fall weather won't start hitting us until January. OK, ok, that's a slight overstatement. But, really guys. The thermometer is still regularly topping 90 degrees every day. But let me be clear - I LOVE Autumn! So, here's the question of the day: Will featuring a Fall-like recipe (apples, cinnamon, etc.) make Fall come earlier? Let's answer that age-old question: Does Autumn follow cinnamon or does cinnamon follow Autumn? I guess we'll find out, huh? So, here's my (possibly vain) attempt to have Fall come early. My featured Recipe of the Week is Apple Pie Cake from Foodess.com.
Here's the low-down on making this great recipe. It will probably take you about an hour (maybe a little longer) to make this recipe - and 50 minutes of that is baking time. Not bad for all its apple-y goodness. It takes about three apples (peeled, cored, and sliced thinly), some buttermilk, and all those great ingredients you'd expect (brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, butter, vanilla, etc.) and bakes in an 8x8 baking pan. So, here's how it goes...
The oven gets preheated to 350ºF. Line the pan with parchment paper, or grease well with butter and dust with flour. In other words, make sure it isn't going to stick.
Next, break out the beater and go to work beating the butter and sugars in a bowl (with a standing mixer if you have one) for about 2 minutes. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.
A cake with some of the attributes of a pie. Or as Jenn (The Foodess herself) says "It's like an apple pie and a cake had a delicious, delicious baby.". I ask you, who can resist that?
In a large separate bowl, you whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. With the mixer on low, gradually incorporate about 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the buttermilk. Keep repeating - flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk, flour - this until you have incorporated all the flour.
Now spread the batter into your baking pan and cover it with the apple slices. In a separate smaller bowl mix together the topping's ingredients. And then grab a pinch at a time and drop it all over the apple slices. Put it in your preheated over for 50 minutes. The top will be caramelized and the top will spring back when pressed gently. At this point, you're done. Remove it, cool it, and enjoy the heck out of it!
As you know, the recipes I feature in my Recipe of the Week are NOT my own. They belong to some pretty awesome people! The idea is to expose you to some of these wonderful folks - and some terrific recipes I think you'll enjoy. So in this space I like to focus on the great blogs where I find the recipes I feature each week. It just so happens that this isn't the first time I've shared a Foodess.com recipe as Recipe of the Week. I've shared Jenn's Shakshuka (Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce) with Broiled Feta and Pistachio-Raspberry Cake in previous posts. So to get to know a bit more about TheFoodess.com (which I highly recommend!) click over to those recipes and learn more.
RECIPES OF THE WEEK.
And be sure to visit the great blogs I mention. You'll be happy you did!