I love when the weather cools down. The cool air makes me want to spend all day in the kitchen with the doors open and the smell of cinnamon wafting through the air. Can you smell it?
The older I get the more I crave the quiet and the simple. I’m guessing that’s why I love the old cookbooks.
It beckons to a simpler time and a simpler way of life. I have a small collection, some from my mother and some from my grandmothers. I use them for inspiration often.
Cooking for my family is something that brings me great joy.
I feel like it’s an expression of how much I love them and for me there is nothing like making something homemade and having everyone love it.
Both my mom and my grandmothers were really good cooks and my Italian grandmother was quite a baker too.
I wish I could sit and listen to them tell me all their culinary secrets… I wish I had watched them more in the kitchen. So today in a small way this is for my nane and grandma!
Being Fall and all, I thought I’d make something with apples.
This cake was so good, the recipe I adapted from the Best of the Bake-Off Collection 1959.
- For apples:
- 4 cups sliced apples that are peeled.
- scant 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Cook all ingredients in a covered pot until tender, drain and cool. Save liquid.
- For batter:
- 1 1/4 cup sifted flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add 1/3 cup softened butter and 1/3 cup milk mix on low for a minute.
- Add two eggs and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Beat for about a minute until smooth.
- Cont. Add the batter to a well greased and floured 13 x 9 pan.
- Add drained cooled apples to top.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Mix all ingredients into a crumble and add over top of apples.
- Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes until cake is set.
- Let cool and cut into slices or squares.
- Drizzle with liquid drained from apples for an extra touch!
I hope you’ll try this. It was really delicious and not overly sweet! I cooked the apples until they were soft because that’s how I like them but you can leave them more firm if you prefer! Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to join the party Saturday night at 8pm, hope to see you there!