August 6, 2006

Bad Apples

A couple of bad apples have been hiding at quiet ends of my refrigerator the past week. I dug them out with intentions of not letting them go to waste. They were fairly soft and were covered in bruises.
*sigh*...bad apples...what to do? pie? - boring and extremely predictable sauce? - not too big a fan of mushy apples. How about an apple cake?... cake.....with cinnamon and....*goes into deep thought as fingers fiddle with jars and leftovers in the fridge* needs a little something special to punch it up...*Lightbulb magically appears above* AH hAH!! Maple syrup! Not just any type needs the pure Canadian stuff...MmmmMm....
*Jumps into a baking frenzy*
It's nice to finally have time to bake a cake just for the 3 of us to share at home.
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup melted butter
2 red apples sliced thick
1/2 cup maple syrup

Beat sugar and eggs in a large bowl till fluffy and pale. Add cinnamon and vanilla essence. Sift in dry ingredients and gently fold to combine. Drizzle melted butter into the batter and incorporate gently with the spatula. Lay apple slices on to base of lightly greased and lined 9-11 inch round cake pan. (if you're lucky enough to own one of these amazing "bend and bake" babies; leave out the greasing-pan step...sigh* don't you just Love theM!). Spoon batter on top of the arranged slices of apple. Spread out for a fairly flat surface.
Bake in preheated 180 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or till skewer comes out clean.
Brush with maple syrup and dust with icing sugar(optional)Serve immediately! Best eaten within the hour! .....not difficult to me..*laughs*


Lex said...

Wow.. that's really interesting hahaha..nvr thought of baking out of bad apples.. usually I just juice 'em :) Gotta try!

Txin said...

You r are great cook but u seems to use lots of sugar for yr cake.
I would use half cup.

Sori to say that cancer cells feed on sugar esp white sugar and some say milk too. Everone has cancers cells in the body. If our body immune system is strong we can overcome the cancer cells.

I would order yr pretty pretty cake for myself and my mum and my dear daughter but U so far away.

Su-Yin said...

hey txin,
thanks for the reminder on being healthy..haha
It's something I often over look..I try to make it a priority when it comes to daily food like lunch and dinner..but when it desserts and indulgent cakes we don't often eat; I sometimes forget.
Where are you by the way?

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks very yummy!
High sugar levels is a risk factor for diabetes, NOT cancer.
Never heard of milk causing cancer either...if you stop drinking milk, you a prime candidate for osteoporosis later in life.

Anonymous said...

That looks very very good. I too love anything maple syrupized(being a Montreal girl gave me absolutely no choice)
Why dont you try something else with the stuff, I made up my own recipe for Chicken breast glazed with pears and maple syrup, its the perfect comfort food recipe for our cold wintry nights.

Anonymous said...

wow... I just googled "cooking bad apples", came up with this recipe and made it. I am so impressed and happy with it!!!! It came out beautiful, and really good.

Sarah- Israel

Anonymous said...

I just finished making this and is super delicious. And not too sweet! I think the 1c sugar is perfect. I changed to things: 1- I dusted te apples in the pan w cinnamon and sugar. 2- my cake wasn't finished backing after 45 min. I added another 30 min at 180 degrees and it still wasn't finished baking! So I jacked up the heat to 325 for 10 min and it finished up perfectly :)

Thanks for the recipe. Very simple and delicious. I would have hated to toss apples just cuz they were a little wilted.