• Dawn Hames

Apple Season

It is an early harvest this year. We are done combining our peas and barley, and are waiting for the swathed canola t be ready. Right now, the apples are ready on the trees. I picked a shopping bag full and took them to Calgary with me, to make an apple cobbler, to welcome a new baby into our family. I am a new grandmother to a little boy. What I love about farm apples is that they have never been sprayed with any chemicals. Soon it will be back to school, and harvest time all at once. Whipping up a snacking cake is much easier than making an elaborate layer cake, and it is so practical this busy time of the year. Both of these recopies use simple ingredients that are commonly found in most households. They both travel well out to the field, and the snacking cake cuts up nicely for school lunches. You can bake one up for casual entertaining or last minute when you have guests coming over. It goes great with a good cup of coffee or tea and some friends.

Apple Spice Snacking Cake

3/4 cup quick-cooking oatmeal

1 1/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves or allspice

1 cup grated apple

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the hot water to the oatmeal and stir, and then set aside to cool. Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, spices and vanilla. Beat in the oatmeal water mixture. Beat in the flour and baking powder. Stir in the raisins. Turn into a buttered 8”x8” metal baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Served cooled, with or without icing, or warm with ice cream.

Apple Cobbler

Cobbler Topping

1 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose is fine

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup milk

1 or 2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Base

4 cups chopped apples

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the apples into an 8”x8” pan. Combine the cornstarch, cinnamon, and the sugar in a small bowl, and then gently stir this mixture into the apples. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and mix well. Combine the melted butter, vanilla, and milk and then stir into the flour mixture. Do not over mix or the topping will be tough and hard. Lightly grease the bottom of an 8”x8” pan. Pat the batter into an 8”x8” pan and smooth out to the edges, leaving a space in the middle for steam to escape. Sprinkle the batter with the 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, depending on your oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out.


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