It is a dreary day today. Grey skies. A damp chill in the air, the kind that grabs you by the hand even though you are trying to get away. A good day to wear woolly sweaters and socks. A good day for hot mugs of black tea. A day when few words are needed, just a smile to remind each other, that you are there. A good day to bake this homemade apple snack cake.
A day that reminded me to slow down and take it easy. Work would be there tomorrow; but, today may not be. So I baked something sweet. And roasted squash for something savory. Mainly to warm the house but also to nourish our souls. I have been holding onto a bottle of Morris Kitchen boiled apple cider for a day such as this. Ideas are swirling around my head about how to use it. Cocktails, glazes for meaty dishes and of course, in baked goods.
Do you remember snack cakes? If you are a child of the 70s, you do. I liked how you could mix everything in the baking pan. No mess to leave in the kitchen sink. And a piece of snacking cake in less than an hour. My favorites were ginger and apple. Warm, spicy and comforting. Really it was an easy snack to mix up, right after school and before homework started. Or for snacking on while chatting up girlfriends on the phone. It was nice.
While cinnamon and spiced apples ran around the house, I tackled the new lens and camera, that has been sitting patiently waiting for me. We played a little and it was fun. Then I realized that there would be a bit of a learning curve. That is okay as there is time. Today we are not in a hurry. Today we are just enjoying the apple snack cake and each other.
Other Snack Cakes worth making.
Mango Snack Cake – Pinch of Yum
Chocolate Chip Banana Cake – Land o Lakes Butter
Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake – Rachael Ray
Pumpkin Oat Snack Cake – Willow Bird Baking
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Homemade Apple Snack Cake
1 2/3 ap flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small granny smith apple, peeled, seeded and grated
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons Morris Kitchen Boiled Apple Cider (or regular cider if you don’t have syrup)
1/3 cup unsalted melted butter, slightly cooled
Heat oven to 350. Using an ungreased 8″ pan, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda with a whisk.
Stir in remaining ingredients until blended, using a fork.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes.