Friday, November 13, 2009

Grandma's Apple Filled Crumb Cake: Organic and Yummy!

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Grandma's Organic 
Apple Filled Crumb Cake

It’s finally fall here is hot, humid Florida. While it is almost Halloween, we’re still in the upper 80’s; but even so I still find myself thinking of orange and gold leaves and my favorite fall fruit--apples. I bake with them often, always adding extra fiber for good measure. I’ve made this recipe with all organic ingredients—a change I made a couple of years ago following a cancer scare. The interesting thing about baking organic is that you feel less guilty when indulging in desserts. Try it; you’ll see what I mean.

This cake recipe came down through my mom, from Grandma C, and was always one of my favorites, especially warm. The crumb topping has a crunch that really leaves me wanting seconds. This nice, big pan will serve at least 12 people, so it’s a great dessert to prepare when you have company coming.

Apple Ingredients:

·         4 Cups Organic Apples, peeled, cored, sliced, and cut into small pieces
·         ½ Cup Organic Sugar
·         1 Teaspoon Organic Cinnamon
·         1 Tablespoon Organic Butter
·         1 Tablespoon Organic Lemon Juice

Batter Ingredients:

·         1 ½ Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour, sifted
·         ¾ Cup Organic Sugar
·         1 Teaspoon Double-Acting Baking Powder
·         ¾ Teaspoon Sea Salt
·         ¼ Teaspoon Organic Cloves
·         1/3 Cup Organic Butter, softened
·         ½ Cup Organic Milk
·         2 Organic Eggs, unbeaten
·         ½ Teaspoon Organic Vanilla

Topping Ingredients:

·         ¾ Cup Organic Brown Sugar, firmly packed
·         ½ Cup Organic All-Purpose Flour, sifted
·         ¼ Cup Organic Butter, softened
·         ½ Cup Organic (or All-Natural) Pecans, chopped

  1. Combine all apple ingredients in a saucepan (or microwave dish) and simmer just until apples are tender. Drain and cool while you prepare the remainder of the cake.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Sift together into a medium large bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cloves. I toss in a couple of tablespoons of Benefiber here for the extra health benefit.
  4. Add butter and milk. Beat for 1 ½ minutes.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat for 1 ½ minutes.
  6. Prepare a 13 x 9” pan by rubbing with butter and lightly flour it.
  7. Spread ½ of the batter into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly.
  8. Spoon ½ of the apples over the batter.
  9. Now pour the remaining batter over the apple layer.
  10. Finally, top with remaining apples.
  11. Prepare the topping by combining the brown sugar, flour, butter and pecans into a crumb mixture. Sprinkle evenly over the top, covering all of the cake batter and apples.
  12. Bake 35-40 minutes until golden brown and crispy looking on top.
  13. Cool on a rack.

The crumb topping on this cake makes for a delicious, crispy complement to a scoop of vanilla ice cream, an addition that many enjoy. It is especially good served this way when warm. I hope you enjoy this tasty family favorite from my grandmother’s kitchen.

Oh! I almost forgot. Do you have one of these nifty apple peeler/corer/slicer gadgets? Three seconds to peel, core and slice up a whole apple. Wow!

One more thing........I just popped out a new guest post at the Central Florida Green Guide: Salvaging Your Over-Ripe Fruit--8 Ways to Enjoy It Rather than Trash It. Stop in and check it out.

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