If you had to pick one ingredient that you never got sick of what would it be? For me it would definitely be the apple! I love them raw, but there are so many options to choose from when cooking with apples it makes them so enjoyable to work with and experiment with. Today I made a simple apple cake and it was delicious! I realize the peak apple season is over with the advent of winter upon us, but here in Minnesota there are a few orchards left that still have apples and some folks (like my neighbors) have stocked up and may still be looking for a new recipe to try.
I had a few things I wanted to use up so I made them into a cake. First off, I have this 5 lb bag of Maseca (corn flour) left over from making homemade tortillas so I put about a half a cup of that in a bowl with another half cup of regular flour. Next I sprinkled in the spices- cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and a few tablespoons of baking powder. I whisked all that together (or, actually Andrew did) and then we folded in 2 eggs slightly beaten and a little over a half cup of apple butter. I’m sure applesauce would work just fine if you were running low on the apple butter that day . . . Pour this into a greased round pan (I used my springform cheesecake pan).
Next, I sliced up about 3 apples and Andrew arranged them onto the top of the cake for me. My original intent was to do an upside down apple cake but when I pulled it out of the oven it was too pretty to do that to so I didn’t. Before putting into the oven, pour on top of the apples a half a cup of butter and a half a cup of brown sugar that you have melted on the stove together in a small saucepan. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350. Your house will smell lovely and your cake will be moist, spicy and delicious!