Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Cake

A few weekends ago we had a dinner party with some friends that we had not seen in a while. We decided it was much too long and we needed to get together more often. It seems when we get together many times we talk about food (they love to cook and try new recipes). My daughters had mentioned that one of their favorite desserts was apple cake. We all chuckled because they had never had an apple cake before, apple pie of course, and have added applesauce to different recipes for moisture. 

The next day,  I thought to myself…ahh….I think we will make an apple cake for dessert (and makes a good breakfast as a coffee cake too)!

Apple Cake
¾ cup chopped walnuts
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 large baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with oil to help the cake in not sticking to the sides. Sprinkle walnuts at the bottom of the pan evenly. In a large bowl, mix 2 T. of the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar, and the cinnamon together. Add apples to the bowl and toss.

In another bowl, mix the remaining of the flour and the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, oil, butter, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix together until the batter is well combined.

Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan (roughly 2 cups). Then place the apple mixture on top of the batter and spread evenly. Add the remainder of the batter, on top of the apples.

Bake for 1 ¼ hours. Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes. Take a knife and run around the sides of the pan, turn over, cool a little more and remove the cake from the pan. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Autumn Family Tradition and Apple Crumb Pie

One family traditions that we do each autumn is to visit our local apple orchard. It has been a tradition ever since my daughters were little and the same for me with my family. We pick all varieties of apples off the trees and when we are ready to leave the orchard, my daughters pour their favorite treat of all...pure apple cider that has been frozen to make a slushy. 

This week on MHC we are going to be sharing some favorite apple recipes for you to enjoy. To kick it off, we are sharing an apple crumb pie. 


Apple Crumb Pie
Crumb Topping
1/2 cup + 2 T flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (we sometimes add a little more but we like a strong cinnamon flavor)
1 stick - cold butter (sliced/cubed)

7-8 medium sized apples
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven 450F. 

Peel the apples and cut into bite size pieces. Then place in a medium bowl. When all apples have been cut, sprinkle the 1 T. of lemon juice onto the apples so that they do not turn brown. Mix the remaining filling ingredient into the bowl of the apples. Pour the apple mixture into your pastry crust. 

Crumb topping: In a separate bowl from the apple filling, combine all dry ingredients together and a sliced stick of butter. Next gently "mash" the butter into the dry ingredients. 

Next, spread the crumb mixture on top of the apple filling. Spread evenly. 

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F and then reduce to 350 F for 45 minutes. 

When done remove from the oven and cool. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Exciting News to Share

The editors of Modern Handmade Child are proud to announce that we are relaunching the online magazine! The magazine will relaunch for the Winter 2014 issue. We have lots of exciting things planned for our launch issue, and hope that you will continue to follow us. 

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