Sunday, October 10, 2010

Apple Days are Here!

Cortland, Empire, Macintosh, Jonathon, Jonamac, Fuli, Gala, Rome...
All the varieties I chopped up today for apple crisp. Apples are one of my favorite fruits for baking and I love mixing up the different textures and sweet tart differences in pies, cakes, etc.

Generally, I purchase most of my produce at a few smaller local markets. But Meijer has the most wonderful apple selection throughout the fall months. There were 11 or 12 varieties there today and most of them were 59 cents per pound!

Here is a recipe that my sister & I both enjoy. It is LOADED with apples and I like to use several types. It is helpful to cut the firmer apples in thinner slices and the softer (Macintosh, Cortland) in squattier chunks.

Chunky Apple Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla (best quality)
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
6-8 cups peeled, chopped tart apples

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars & vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt & baking soda. Sift gradually into creamed mixture. Mix well. Batter will be stiff. Fold in apples. Spread into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until center is set. Cool at least 30 minutes.


1 comment:

  1. I was just at Meijer today too and got a few apples. I forgot about this recipe. I will have to go back for more later this week. I actually found a recipe I clipped a few years ago and never tried...called Oatmeal Apple cookies (or something like that)...a basic oatmeal cookie but with apple bits in it. I am going to try it sometime this week and will let you know how they turn out.