Apple Sauce Cake
Yield: One Cake or Loaf
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 1/4 Cups Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 2 Cups Applesauce
- 1/2 Cup Raisins
- 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- Optional Powdered Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter either by hand using a whisk or with a mixer with a whisk attachment. Add the brown sugar and continue mixing. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla, then mix until well blended and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients, except powdered sugar. Add the mixture to the applesauce. Fold in the raisins and walnuts.
- Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf or tube pan and bake until firm to the touch, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool in the pan, then turn it out, and dust with powdered sugar.
- Cooking spray
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup ground cinnamon
- 6 apples
- 12 chewy caramel squares
- Vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 375° and grease a medium baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon.
- Slice top off of each apple then use a melon baller (or a teaspoon) to scoop out core. Using a paring knife, make three circular cuts in apple. Place apple cut side-down on a cutting board and slice crosswise.
- Place cut apples in baking dish. Fill each apple with two caramel squares then brush melted butter mixture on top.
- Bake until the apples are tender, about 30 minutes.
Serve warm with ice cream.
Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples
Yield: 4 – 6 Servings
- 4 Apples
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar (Dark or Light)
- 1/4 Cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- Pinch Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Butter, Divided in Four
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F
- Core of the apples, cutting to within a half inch of the bottom of the apple and creating a well or bowl roughly 3/4-inch wide. Use an apple corer or a small paring knife.
- Mix the brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and any extras (nuts, raisins, whatever you like) in a bowl. Divide this mixture between the apples, packing the wells firmly.
- Arrange the apples in a baking dish and top each one with a pat of butter. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Test the apples by poking knife or fork through into the apple; it should slide into the apple easily with no resistance. The skin on the apples will be wrinkled and soft by the end of cooking. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. Leftovers will keep for up to a week and can be reheated in the microwave or eaten cold.
Simple Apple Sauce
Yield: 4 Servings
- 4 Cups Chopped Apples (With Peels or Without)
- 1 Cup Water
- Ground Cinnamon to Taste or a Cinnamon Stick
- Honey or Sugar to Taste (Optional)
Toss the chopped apples, water, and cinnamon into a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook with a lid on, stirring occasionally, until the apples have broken completely apart (about 20-30 minutes). Sweeten it a little with honey or sugar, or leave it deliciously tart if you prefer. Let cool and refrigerate.