I haven’t typed up much cause I’m about to have a baby and haven’t been cooking or quilting or pretty much anything. I wake up get kids off to school and usually go to doctor appointments. (3 per week) Then I lay down as much as I can cause pregnancy is really hard for me. Sunday night I had rested most of the day and my sweet hubby had done the meals and I had this burst of energy. Mind you it wasn’t a lot of energy but more than I usually get lately. I wanted to bake. I had apples that really needed to be used up. They were ugly so the kids wouldn’t eat them but they were still good. So started chopping and I had more apples than I had planned so I decided to make this yummy spicy, fall cake that my mom used to make when company was coming. It’s one of my Dad’s favorites. I haven’t made it in years because it had shortening in it and it always seemed time consuming because of the cake and the sauce and the whipped cream. But really this came together rather fast even with me making up some of it as I went along. You make the caramel sauce while the cake is baking and the whip cream while it’s cooling and it’s really not hard at all. Especially if you use a mixer.
This is still a once in a while treat but has healthier sugars and fats. So much better than the original for you. I could not tell that it was “healthified.” Neither could my family they loved it and all asked for seconds. It’s super rich with the sauce and I could eat just the cake alone and be happy.
Apple Pudding Cake with Caramel Sauce
Mix ingredients in order:
1 c sucanat
1 c organic palm shortening(I find this at TropicalTraditions.com)
4 c raw apples (chopped)
2 pasture raised eggs
2 tsp baking soda(dissolve in 2 tsp water)
1/4 tsp salt
3 c soft white whole wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 c nuts, chopped (I used pecans)
Bake in a greased 13×9 pan @ 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
Serve warm with caramel sauce and whipped cream or ice cream. Freezes well.
(I found this recipe for caramel apples at thenourishinggourmet.com. I haven’t tried it over apples but I thinned it with water a bit and it was great over this cake.)
2/3 c coconut sugar or sucanat
1/2 c honey
4 T butter
dash of unrefined salt
1/4 c water
2 tsp vanilla
In a small pot combine first 5 ingredients over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Once it starts to bubble on the edges, set timer for 2 minutes and stir constantly. Take off the heat and add vanilla. Be careful with this mixture, as it can burn badly.