Thursday, October 21, 2010

Apple Stuff

I was so anxious to dig in I forgot to take a pic when it first came out the oven!
So with the apples my sister gave me I made a dessert I call "apple stuff." I first made it in Boston around 2003/2004ish after going apple picking with my ABC students. I found the recipe somewhere online and was originally looking for a cobbler, but this is more cakey. I think of cobbler as more crumbly.

Anyway, here's the recipe:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (I made it with salted the first time and it was too salty; I've since learned the importance of always using unsalted butter when baking!)
  • 3-4 small/medium apples (whatever's your favorite is fine)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
Cut the apple in chunks and combine with the water and 1 cup of sugar (perhaps a little less if concerned with too much sugar) in a saucepan. Bring to boiling then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place stick of butter in Pyrex in a 350 degree oven to melt (I've made it in round cake pan before and it worked fine too).

Combine flour, remaining cup of sugar, baking powder in a bowl. Pour milk in slowly to prevent clumping while mixing with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the butter allowing the butter to rise of the batter (do not mix!). Carefully spoon the apples into the batter - they'll rise to the top while baking - and pour some of the syrup on top too. 

Bake for 30-45 minutes. 

Serve with ice cream (we usually eat with vanilla but tired dulce de leche and it was very good!).

If you end up making this please let us know how you like it! You can substitute other fruit too, like peaches =)

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