10.08.2012

apple snack cake


This weekend was a long one.  We headed out to our country house, also known as my parents, to once again stretch our limbs and get out of the city.  We long for open country roads over bustling city streets and enjoy the fact, undeniably, that Grammy and Grandpa like to get up with Anderson and had suggested (or maybe I suggested) that they watch him some afternoon so Benny and I could head out on our own.

We took them up on their offers- to sleep in after I nursed him in the morning, and for us to get out and explore in the afternoon.  I loved the time with Benny and the chance to get some errands done, but I also really missed my buddy.  Staying at home with him and seeing him so often meant that on the second afternoon away I kept asking Benjamin if he too missed him.  Thing is, Benjamin goes to work every day.  Most days he sees him for about 40 minutes in the morning and gets home when he's already in bed.  He's used to it.  I am not.  


Weekends away from our every day life mean that I get to cook more.  I have a big kitchen to move around in and I can watch Anderson easily playing with his latest garage-sale-find toys.  Then again, it also means he has several other people to watch him play or play with him while I cook.

After an evening with apple crisp I decided to chop up some more apples and make the apple brownie recipe in the latest Martha.  Thing is, I can't quite call it a brownie.  To me, it's more like a snack cake, something that can be consumed just about anytime.

This was a winner.  Apple crisp and apple cake all in one which came together quite easily with the help of my second favorite sous chef, my Mom.


{Ingredients You'll Need}
  • 1 stick salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 firm apples, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1.  Preheat your oven to 350 and then butter or spray a 8x11 baking dish.  Melt your butter and allow it to cool.

2.  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour through baking soda.

3.  In a mixer beat the butter with the sugar and egg.  Beat for about 2 minutes, until pale and fluffy.  Turn off your beater and stir in the apples.  Now stir in the flour mixture until everything is combined and then pour into your prepared baking dish.

4.  Bake for 40 minutes until lightly brown then cool for just about 5 minutes before cutting and serving, alone, or with vanilla ice cream if you so choose.

Enjoy!


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