Autumn. Harvest time. The orchard trees bend heavy with fruit.
What do you like to do with a bowl (or basket) of apples?
Is pie your favorite? Or Cobbler? Or Applesauce? Fresh and crunchy? Baked?
One of the favorites when I was a child was a cake. Mother only made it in the fall. And when I was an adult and asked for the recipe… the reply was — their never was a recipe for that cake.
But like the good person she was, my mother gave it her best attempt. So I ask for pardon in advance — all measurements are approximate.
1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup cream (heavy whipping cream), scant teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 cups flour. Mix by hand, adding dry ingredients to sugar and eggs, then add cream. Batter is thicker than cake mix cake. Pour into greased/floured 9×13″ pan. Top with rows of peeled apple slices — place slices touching but not overlapping. Top with generous amount of cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 until toothpick in center comes out clean — 40-60 minutes.
For a modern story of a culinary student who finds more than expected in an apple orchard owner — try the sweet romance HIDING PLACES.