We have been going apple picking with friends of ours every year since our kids were toddlers. They have been living in Brooklyn for a while now and the traffic to get out to the orchard is just not making it a fun thing to do anymore.
It seems that this may be our last year...sad, but it is time to move on to a new yearly tradition, something in "The Big Apple" instead of the apple orchard.
There is also the annual tradition of trying to think of a few hundred ways to bake and cook with the 40 pounds of apples you picked.
I am not a baker but I have discovered that I do like apple cake and decided to come up with a quick way to make it. The natural cake mixes that you can buy from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are terrific. They truly have just flour, sugar, baking soda... etc without the added chemicals.
This cake turned out better than I could have imagined. I actually had to stop my son from cutting his fifth piece.
"You can't live on apple cake."
"Why not?" was his reply. I got him to eat a bowl of soup before he cut another piece.
Even my daughter the genuine baker in the family thought the buttery flavor and the moist texture were terrific.
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake
by Diane Balch
1 natural white cake mix (I used Arrowhead Mill's Organic Vanilla Cake Mix)
1 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 large apples peeled, cored, cut into 1 inch chunks
1) Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2) Prepare cake mix according to it's directions. Mix cinnamon into the mix. Set aside.
3) Spread out apples in a 12" by 9" baking pan.
4) Pour cake batter over apples. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the batter and put small pats of butter over the whole cake.
5) Bake for 35 to 45 minute or until cake is firm and a tooth
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