Sunday, November 29, 2015

Apple Cake for Breakfast

Apple breakfast and snack cake
Apple Breakfast & Snack Cake
Today, the morning chill 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 my favorite apple breakfast and snack cake.  The cake is so easy to pull together, I knew I would be able to have a piece within an hour.  This apple cake has the added benefit of being relatively healthy as far as baked goods go. One serving of has less than 200 calories.  It is so chock-full of apples you won't mind serving it to your kids as a start to their day. If you have any leftovers, wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap and freeze for a treat with your morning coffee another day or as an after-school snack for the little ones.

My early morning routine often includes me wandering from room to room throughout my house, coffee in hand, looking out each of the windows to see what the sunrise brings. I can watch the school bus stop through my front window and watch as the neighborhood kids board to start their day. Yesterday, a doe greeted me in the morning, standing tall and statue-like on my front lawn.  I watched as she listened in the morning stillness.

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.

Apple Breakfast & Snack Cake

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Makes one 8 x 8 cake
Apple cake with huge chunks of apple throughout.
Apple Cake
Nine servings
  • 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
*Use a total of one cup granulated sugar if not using stevia

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease an 8x8 inch 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.

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