Friday, August 7, 2009

Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake

Years ago I was given a church recipe book that was put together by some wonderful Italian ladies. There is a recipe in this book for Fresh Apple Cake that I love to make. You decide if you want to use sweet or tart apples when making this Apple Fruit Cake Recipe. It is a simple Fresh Apple Cake recipe that requires little time. It is perfected by the fast, easy topping that you add right before baking. Go ahead and give this Fresh Apple Cake recipe a try. This Apple Cake recipe tastes great with a side of Vanilla Ice Cream. I like to serve it when it is still just a tiny bit warm.

Fresh Apple Cake
2 cups sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
½ cup oil
2 cup flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup raisins
1cup nuts
4 cups sliced fresh apples

Mix all ingredients well and put in greased 13X10 inch pan. Before baking, top with the following:

½ cup brown sugar
2tsp. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup nuts
3 tbsp. melted butter

Bake 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Allow this Fresh Apple Cake to cool a bit and then serve with a side of Ice Cream.

Key words-Fresh Apple Cake, Apple Cake Recipe, Fruit Cake Recipe

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Perfect Apple Pie Filling With a Flaky Crust

I love making delicious flaky crust pies and flaky crust Apple pie seems to be the pie of choice for many people. One of the reasons I like the fall season in Ohio is the abundance of delicious apples that are available at local orchards, grocery stores, and farmers markets. I got my love of flaky crust pie baking from my mom. Growing up there was always a fresh flaky crust pie on our kitchen counter. My mom was well known for her delicious pies and her flaky pie crusts. Mom used many different kinds of apples in her pies. Cortland, Winesap, Jonathan, McIntosh, and Granny Smith were the most common apples she used when making her pie fillings. Now that I make Apple pies of my own my favorite apple pie filling comes from using the Granny Smith Apple.

I like the tartness of this apple. Granny Smith apples make delicious pies. Using these apples when they are fresh is a treat but don’t think that slicing and freezing these apples will take away from their wonderful taste. Freezing is a simple process and
frozen apples sure come in handy when you want to whip up a pie in a hurry.

Please try this simple easy Granny Smith Apple pie filling and wake up your friends and family’s taste buds by using this wonderful tart apple.

6-8 Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced
1cup of sugar
¼ cup of flour
1teaspoon cinnamon
½ stick of butter

In a large skillet melt a ½ stick of butter and sautee the sliced Granny Smith apples for a few minutes to soften the apples before adding the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Put filling mixture into pie crust and top apples with a few tabs of butter before putting on the top layer of crust.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 -35 min. until crust is golden brown.