As September starts, I am looking forward too one of my favorite seasons: Apple Season.
Living in the area that I live in apples are plentiful. All of my life I remember things like going apple picking, making apple crisp, homemade apple sauce, and fresh apple cider. Since I am not a pumpkin person (and this is also pumpkin season) my savior of this season is my love of apples. One thing that I look forward too more than anyone can imagine is the idea of taking my daughter apple picking for the first time. So I’ve decided it is time to start sharing some of my favorite apple recipes. This first one is for German Apple Cake. It is a recipe I got from a book that I read, and decided to try and I love it. It is a great recipe, and I found it to be an awesome way to use seconds-the apples that fall from the trees and are sold a bit cheaper. So here it is
German Apple Cake
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle position.
4 cups peeled and sliced apples (4-5 medium sized apples-I used some seconds that mom had got at the farm last week-good for being peeled and cut!)
1 cup veggie oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (packed) all purpose flour
1) Grease the inside of a 9 x 13 baking pan (I used Pam baking spray)
2) Peel, core and slide the apples as you would for a pie, and then place them at the bottom of the pan.
(this can be done by hand or with an electric mixer-I did it by hand and it was fine)
3) In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs and oul until they are thick, and then add in the sugar and beat it to combine.
4) mix in the vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt-mix thoroughly.
5) Add the flour in a little at a time mixing well after each addition.
6) Scrape down the bowl and give a final stir with a spoon, drop the batter over the apples by the spoonful (dont worry if it doesnt totally cover the apples the batter spreads while baking)
Bake at 350 for 60 min, then cool.
Now for the frosting (I will admit, I cheated and used a can of frosting bc I was short a few ingredients but this the the frosting recipe it came with!)
8 ounces softened cream cheese (the brick not whipped)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 Tblespoon lemon juice
4 table spoons melted butter (thats 1/2 a stick)
2 cups confectioners sugar
Stir the vanilla into your softened cream cheese, then add the lemon juice and melted butter and mix until smooth. Beat in the confectioners sugar a little at a time until it reaches th consistency of frosting-once it does stop adding the sugar (LOL)
Use the frosting to frost the apple cake and enjoy!!