Apples and Autumn

The calendar says is it Fall, the Halloween & Thanksgiving decorations are in the store to alert us of the changing of the seasons.  Here in Southern California it doesn’t “feel” like Autumn. Daytime temps are still in the 90’s although the evenings are cool and in the early morning you can almost feel a crispness in the air.  Almost, not quite – yet.

Nonetheless, Autumn is apple season.     To get fresh picked apples requires a substantial drive to Oak Glen or Jullian which are both at a higher elevation than we are and get the required number of “chill hours” required for apple growing.   It doesn’t look like apple picking is in the cards this year so instead I headed to the local market for apples to welcome in Autumn.  On the agenda is “Sandy’s Apple Cake”  

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For this recipe you don’t have to peel the apples, you can use any apple that you have on hand but in the past the crisp / tart Granny Smith apples have been my first choice.

Commercially grown apples are on the top of the “Dirty Dozen” for pesticides, I look for organic. 

 

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The commercially grown – highly waxed and fumigated Granny Smith grown in the USA – where in the USA?  I don’t know.

My organic choice “Pink Crispps” came from Chili.

Seriously, which is better?   I left the store shaking my head, with an assortment of both kinds of apples in my bags.   If you are fortunate enough to have “real” apples available to you, I suggest you try, “Aunt Sandy’s Apple Cake”   It is a keeper and no family gathering would be complete without it.  I will be checking the farmers market for “real” apples.  

 

 

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My sister in law Sandy gave me this recipe years and years ago. I have adapted it to use applesauce for part of the oil called for in the original recipe. Although we call this 'cake' it is actually a 'square' not quite a cake, not quite a bar. When cut into squares and individually wrapped in plastic wrap the 'squares' are perfect for an "on the go" snack. No family gathering would be complete without Aunt Sandy's Apple Cake.
Servings Prep Time
12squares 15minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Servings Prep Time
12squares 15minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Apple Cake
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My sister in law Sandy gave me this recipe years and years ago. I have adapted it to use applesauce for part of the oil called for in the original recipe. Although we call this 'cake' it is actually a 'square' not quite a cake, not quite a bar. When cut into squares and individually wrapped in plastic wrap the 'squares' are perfect for an "on the go" snack. No family gathering would be complete without Aunt Sandy's Apple Cake.
Servings Prep Time
12squares 15minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Servings Prep Time
12squares 15minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Ingredients
Servings: squares
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Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Place diced apples and cranberries (if using) into large bowl, toss with the sugar until well coated.
  3. Add flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda to the apples. Toss to coat.
  4. In a 2 cup or larger glass measuring cup, measure 1/2 cup applesauce. Add oil to make 1 1/4 cups total. Add eggs and vanilla to the applesauce / oil mixture. Using a fork, beat well until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the egg / oil / applesauce mixture to the coated apples. Using a heavy duty spoon, stir to thoroughly combine. The mixture will be very thick.
  6. Spoon the batter into an ungreased 9 x 13 pyrex pan. Flatten with the back of the spoon.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40 - 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nearly clean. Cool in pan and cut into squares.
Recipe Notes

At 30 minutes check to see if the cake is browning too fast, if so, lay foil over the top to prevent over browning.

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About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.

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Apples and Autumn — 12 Comments

  1. BN: Looks delicious! I have been saving an apple muffin recipe for several months now. Just waiting patiently for some fresh apples of the right variety.

    • Good morning Brenda! I don’t know what I would do for Z – actually, I doubt if I could get through the whole alphabet. It might be fun to try though.

  2. Mmmmm, this sounds so yummy. It will be nice to have a recipe from a friend that I can use on “real” apples. While I miss having avocados growing here in OR, I do have easy access to apples that are almost a yard staple here. I usually wind up feeding many to the deer but now I will make cake 😉

    • I was going to say, I have citrus and avocados – no great apples though, there is a trade off, isn’t there? I am sure the deer help themselves. Make applesauce, apple cake anything apple!

  3. Hey, Baking Nana! That looks really good! I really do love crisp semi-sweet apples like Jazz, and I bet they will be really good in this. One of my favorite series for books is the alphabet series by Sue Grafton (A is for Alibi, and so on). Maybe that would lead you to something here! Anyway, thanks for the blog. It looks great, and I’ll look forward to your photo. Daylight makes so much difference, doesn’t it! The sun changing angles is a bad deal!

    • Hi Marianne – I doubt if I could make it through the alphabet but this one seemed to fit. I love Jazz apples and Pink Ladies too.
      I don’t promise a picture…. the locust (grandchildren) have been circling……