Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Festival Recipe Exchange

Amy, from My Friend Amy, had another one of her "Brilliant" ideas. This time: a Fall Festival Recipe Exchange! I love cooking, when I have the time, and I'm always on the lookout for new ideas. Especially baking. So, please help add to my recipe book!!

I know a lot of people think "pumpkin" when they think about fall. Personally, I've never been a big pumpkin fan. My personal favorite this time of year are apples. We have a place about 30 miles from here where you can go pick apples. They have a bakery, with homemade apple cider donuts (YUM), apple pies, apple cakes. They also have a huge pumpkin patch, where the kids pick out the pumpkins they want to carve for Halloween.

I try to take the kids apple picking every fall. But we always end up with way too many apples. There are so many apples you can eat in a day. So many pies to bake. Because of this, I started looking for other, easy apple recipes. I found two that I really love, and thought I would share them both. (I know you said one, but I never can do things quite by the rules, can I?)

The first is a recipe for a German Apple Cake. My grandmother used to make this for us, and it was SO good. And moist. My kids just love it (of course, I think it has more to do with the cream cheese frosting than the cake itself!)

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups tart apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

2. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

See...easy!! The second is for Baked Apples in a Caramel Cream. Just a slight variation of regular baked apples, but so yummy!

3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup hot water
4 large Rome beauty apples, cored
1 tablespoon lemon juice
12 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup whipping cream

Combine brown sugar and water in an 9-in. square baking dish. Peel the top half of each apple; brush with lemon juice. Place in the baking dish. Fill each with three caramels. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until apples are tender, basting every 20 minutes. Carefully lift apples, allowing any caramel in centers to drip into pan, and place in individual dessert dishes. Pour sauce into a small saucepan; add cream. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until sauce is smooth and thick. Spoon over apples; Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and Cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Many Thanks to Amy for hosting!! If you have a recipe to add, please be sure to post and link up to Amy's Festival Mr. Linky!!


debnance said...

Boy, I wish I'd been a blogger when my kids were little....I see so many great ideas here. (Of course, it would have been nice for someone to have INVENTED blogging back then...or even personal computers!)

Apples are a wonderful fall choice.

Nicole said...

I think I would love German Apple Cake. Never had it before, but the recipe looks great.

Chris said...

Sounds so good. I love apples at this time of year too. We just bought a bunch yesterday.

Heather said...

I love apples this time of year too! There is a guy not to far from where I live who goes up to the mountains every year to get apples, then sells them in his front yard. It's only a dollar a bag!! I am TOTALLY going to try your German Apple Cake recipe. It sounds delicious!

Jen said...

Amy's just FULL of brilliant ideas, isn't she?

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Perfect! We went apple picking yesterday and I have only one tried-and-true apple pie recipe. We call it Swedish Apple Cake, but it's very different from your German Apple Cake, isn't that funny.

Monica (aka monnibo) said...

Ooh there is an annual Apple Festival here in October and I'm definitely going to pick up some tart baking apples to try this!

Chris said...

Ah, this is perfect Steph!!! I've been dying for an apple cake recipe lately!! I'm not kidding!! I'm so excited about making this one :D Thanks!

Michelle said...

OMG, Stephanie - I saw this first thing this morning and have been wishing the week away ever since. That German Apple Cake WILL be made at my house this weekend. And the baked apples? Oh yeah - company dessert if I ever saw one.

Molly said...

I will definitely be baking that apple cake sometime soon. It sounds delicious!

heidenkind said...

Apples are definitely one of my favorite things to eat during fall. My grandmother also made "apfelkuchen," except she put streusels on top instead of frosting. YUM! I need to get that recipe from her....

Trish said...

Hold on...let me pick my jaw up off my desk and wipe off the drool. YUM! I love apples in fall, too, and the Baked Applesin Caramel Cream...holy cow. Making it this weekend!

Um, not to be crude, but I have to share--the word verification right now is sperm. What the....!

Booklogged said...

So glad you shared two, but how do I decide which one to try first?!

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I love the picture of all the fall harvest! Gorgeous!