One thing about living in Phoenix that I still haven’t gotten used to is the very warm temperatures late into the year. In Las Vegas, November would get ‘chilly’, with highs in the 60s or 70s- but here for the past several weeks we have been in the upper 70s and nearly up to 90 degrees (in NOVEMBER). That throws the whole fall schedule off – i.e. apples in August/September, pumpkin in October/November. It’s as though we are always 3+ weeks behind the seasonal food trends of the rest of the country.
A few mornings ago, while sipping on coffee and watching the news, Carver turned to me and said, “I think it’s time for apple treats.” We had finally gotten a good batch of apples from the store and the weather had ticked below 90 degrees. The following weekend I made this beauty. Since then he’s informed me that we still need more apple treats. In fact he went so far as to list off all the ingredients for an apple crisp to see if we had them in the house… I’ve yet to make it for him. I figure I have to stretch these things out and make him wait a bit.
Apple Snacking Cake, adapted from Flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup cake flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups diced apples
- 1 cup pecan halves
- confectioners sugar for dusting
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-inch raunchy cake pan with nonstick spray.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the dry ingredients. Fix the mixer with a paddle attachment and add in butter, eggs and applesauce mixing well until fully incorporated. Stop the mixer several times to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- On medium speed, add in nuts and apples until mixed well.
- Pour out mix into prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for approximately 75 minutes until golden brown at the edges and set in the middle.
- Remove from pan and let cool, dusting with powdered sugar before serving.