Apple cider, applesauce, baked apples, snacking apples and apple cake! Something New Applesauce Cake is really something old. It’s a simple recipe that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. It’s sweet enough on its own, but it’s also glaze-able, and I’m sure your pantry already has what you need to whip this up.
The Brown Butter Whiskey Sauce adds a final, delicious touch that no one can resist.
I found this recipe crammed into a tiny, tin recipe box – a gift from a friend’s mother. She picked it up at an auction and knew I would love it.
Do you still have a recipe box? Somehow, right under our noses, recipes boxes have turned into pin boards or bookmarked websites. Remember when recipes were handwritten? Something shared from boxes that were stuffed with handwritten recipes, passed down from family or gifts from friends, because a prepared recipe was too good not to share?
I have a collection of recipes from my favorite coworkers spanning my entire career. They bring back the best memories, like a perfume, old photo or song. Pin boards don’t do that. The human connection, you can’t app that!
With one foot into fall I beg you to put down that red delicious apple and explore some of the best Berks’ orchards have to offer.
If you are interested in apple talk, listen in to my 2 Weird Hungry Girls podcast from September and October 2015. In the Red Delicious are Last Season episode with Julie Bancroft, Executive Director of the PA Apple Marketing Program, we chit chat about locally grown apples deserving of the spotlight. Ed Weaver of Weaver’s Orchard shares some of his fall favorites in the Fall Orchard episode.
- 2 cups flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, or whole raisins
- ¼ cup hot water
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt and spices; set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar. Add the applesauce and mix until combined.
- With the mixer set to low, gradually add the flour mixture, followed by the nuts or raisins, mixing until combined. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water, then beat into the batter until evenly combined.
- Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until evenly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool. Serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
You can live without it but this Brown Butter Whiskey Sauce is pretty yummy, but very sweet.
- 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup whiskey or cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until it bubbles. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until it just turns golden (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add the brown sugar, whiskey or cream, salt and vanilla; stir continuously and low boil for 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat, pour into a medium bowl, stirring to cool slightly. Spread over warm cake.