apple cake!

More often than not, when I bake using fruit, it’s because I bought fruit earlier in the week with the intentions of snacking healthy but ended up choosing junk food instead. I could beat myself up about it, but I’d rather just accept that I’ve got a mean sweet tooth and turn my almost bad fruit into amazing things, like cobblers and cakes. This time around, I made an apple cake. I really love baked goods that can double as a treat and as breakfast – who doesn’t love NOT cooking first thing in the morning? Making coffee is hard enough some mornings. Gosh – it’s amazing how much my morning attitude has changed since having Nori Luz! Mama’s sleepy. And hungry. Oh yeah, about that cake. It turned out perfectly moist, perfectly sweet and perfectly delicious. I really enjoyed biting into soft apple pieces suspended in the cake – I had only had apple pie until now, so it was a new sensation for me but I can strongly say, I was into it. Would I make it again? You betcha.

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What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups diced, peeled apples

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9″ round pan and set aside.

Beat together your vegetable oil and eggs until frothy. Add remaining ingredients until well combined. Stir in apples. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Do not remove from pan for 10 mins. ENJOY!!

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apple cinnamon cookies!

Nothing beats cooked apples. They are the most amazing texture EVER! I love apple pies, apple crisps, apple tarts, you name it, but one thing I have never tried before is an apple cookie. I had one granny smith apple laying around at the house and decided today would be a good day to mess around with it. Being as I didn’t feel like making pie crust, and that I just had apple crisps recently, I gave apple cookies a shot, and I am sure glad that I did! These cookies are very cakey and light and the chunks of apple give it a nice variance in texture. I topped them with a vanilla cinnamon glaze that I feel really adds something nice to the cookie. I love these cookies and will definitely be making them again sometime soon!

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What you need:

COOKIES

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 beaten egg (save the rest for a morning scramble!)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup oats

GLAZE

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp melted butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and egg. Add half of your dry ingredients, then milk, then the rest of the dry. Stir in oats, raisins and apples.

Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 mins.

In the meantime, combine all glaze ingredients and mix until smooth.

Once cookies are on a wire rack, drizzle glaze on top.

ENJOY!

personal apple crisps!

Last night was the end of my mother’s visit from NJ. We had such a nice time while she was here. She helped me set up the food and decorations for my baby shower, bought me and baby Evelyn a few nice things, ate out at a few restaurants, went to the Pittock Mansion and finally, I got to cook and bake for her! Because my mom lives so far away, it is very rare that we get to enjoy a home cooked meal together. When I was growing up, my dad did the cooking, not my mom and it is only recently that I started to embrace my love of cooking so I feel that I probably have only made her 4 or 5 meals. Last night, I made us some chicken, rice and asparagus – nothing special, but it was delicious! We all licked our plates clean. For dessert, I made personal apple crisps – and I must say, for how easy they were to make, they sure did impress! Both my mother and Benny were upset that I only made us each a 2 oz ramekin, but portion control is good. I would rather finish my dessert wanting more than wishing I hadn’t eaten it at all!!

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What you need:

  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and sliced
  • 1/8 tsp sugar
  • 1tbs melted butter
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs oats
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Separate apple slices into 3 2oz ramekins. Distribute sugar evenly on top of each dish. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar and flour. Add oats and cinnamon. Distribute topping evenly on top of each dish. Bake for 35-40 mins. Allow to cool a bit and top with ice cream! (We had coconut bliss tropical vanilla.) ENJOY!