This morning my yard guest was an industrious squirrel scampering from plant to plant in my front garden, burying acorns. I can't imagine that those acorns will be accessible to him in January if winter is as unforgiving this year as it was last year. That chosen storage spot in my garden was buried under four feet of snow until March last year. Weather predictions for this winter warn us of a repeat experience.
The chill of the morning made me think how nice it would be to have something warm and tasty to accompany my coffee. The apples in the fridge reminded me of this favorite apple cake. It is so easy to pull together I knew I would be able to have a piece within an hour. It has the added benefit of being relatively healthy as far a baked goods go. One serving of this cake is less than 200 calories. If you have any leftovers, wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap and freeze for a treat with your morning coffee another day.
Makes one 8 x 8 cake
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons Stevia*
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan. Place the apple chunks in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the apples and toss to coat.
Pour the egg over the apple mixture and toss to coat. Next whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the apples and stir to combine. Add the chopped walnuts, if desired. Spoon the mixture into your prepared pan. This batter will be very thick.
Bake the cake on the center rack of your oven for 40 minutes, or until it is browned and set. Cool and serve.
Printable Recipe here.