Thursday, October 20, 2011

Applesauce Snack Cake

When the idea to do a week of apple desserts first came to mind, I asked many of my blogging friends for their favorite apple recipes.  Bridget immediately told me I needed to make this cake.  I went to her blog post about it and was sold within about two sentences.  Bridget has never steered me wrong before.  We tend to like many of the same recipes and flavors, so I trusted her recommendation implicitly.  And you know what?  She did it again.

This cake was everything an afternoon snack should be.  It was sweet enough to satisfy my afternoon sugar craving, but not in a sticky, sugary, cloying kind of way.  The apple flavor remains just as it should be--true and pure.  Perhaps it's my major love of apples, but I just can't stand that fake apple taste.  You know, the one that usual comes with copious amounts of green dye.  Not my thing at all.  But like I said, this cake is everything I love.  I think you'll love it, too.

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Applesauce Snack Cake
originally from Cook's Illustrated 

3/4 c. dried apples, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
1 c. apple cider
1 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2/3 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp.ground cloves
1 c. unsweetened or lightly sweetened homemade applesauce, room temperature
1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. table salt
8 TBSP (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F.   Line 8x8 baking dish with parchment or foil, allowing excess to overhang edges of dish.  Spray with baking spray.

2. Bring dried apples and cider to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat; cook until liquid evaporates and mixture appears dry, about 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

3. Meanwhile, whisk flour and baking soda in medium bowl to combine; set aside.   In second medium bowl, whisk sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Measure 2 tablespoons sugar-spice mixture into small bowl and set aside for topping.

4. In food processor, process cooled dried-apple mixture and applesauce until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl as needed; set aside.

5.  Whisk egg and salt in large bowl to combine. Add sugar-spice mixture and whisk continuously until well combined and light colored, about 20 seconds. Add butter in three additions, whisking after each. Add applesauce mixture and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients; using rubber spatula, fold gently until just combined and even moistened.

6. Turn batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with rubber spatula. Sprinkle reserved 2 tablespoons sugar-spice mixture evenly over batter. Bake until wooden skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

7.  Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours. Run knife along cake edges without parchment to release. Remove cake pan by lifting parchment overhand and transfer to cutting board. Cut cake and serve.

two years ago: vanilla spice oatmeal


Suzy Q said...

Looks yummy...will give it a try! And since it is 'healthy' I can eat more, right?

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Cedar Ridge Studio said...

We are making applesauce today. What a perfect thing to do an a rainy day. The cake sounds delicious. I will try and make this one. HAve a great day.

Paige said...

I just made a huge vat of cinnamon applesauce in my crockpot sooooo this seems to be next on my list. :)

Erin said...

Sounds like a moist and delicious cake! Perfect apple dessert!

Lynsey said...

This looks delicious! I will definitely make this next week.

Natalie said...

ooh I love that it includes dried apples!! must try this sometime soon!

Anonymous said...

This cake looks delicious! And hopefully I win the giveaway! :-)

Amy said...

This snack cake looks delicious! Perfect for this fall weather. Can't wait to make it this weekend. Your recipes inspire me!

Lindsay said...

Yum! This looks great!

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Jen said...

I literally just printed out this recipe to make this week. It looks so good.

Krissy said...

I have been dying to try this! Looks great!

That Girl said...

If Bridget recommends something you can almost guarantee it's going to be delicious.