Caramel Apple Cake

Simple, homey, comforting apple cake

– the perfect tea time treat for fall.

It’s fall and the time of year when it just seems right to put apples and cinnamon in everything. And what goes perfectly with apples and cinnamon, why caramel of course!

Filled with apples and topped with a delicious caramel sauce, this cake is quick, easy and oh so good. It makes for the perfect fall treat with its warm cozy flavors.

You start off by making a simple oil based cake. Followed by folding in chunks of apples and toasted walnuts. Finish off by drizzling the mist freshly baked cake with a thick velvety caramel sauce, a sauce which literally takes minutes to make, and is SO good..

Caramel Apple Cake
Servings: 10-12
 
Ingredients:
 
Cake
·         2 cups all-purpose flour
·         ¼ tsp salt
·         ¾ tsp baking soda
·         ½ tsp cinnamon, optional
·         ½ cup walnuts chopped
·         1 cup vegetable oil
·         1 cup granulated sugar
·         2 eggs, at room temperature
·         ½ tsp vanilla
·         2 cups apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ thick pieces
 
Caramel Sauce
·         ½ cup brown sugar 
·         2 Tbsp milk 
·         45g salted butter 
 
Directions:
 
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 180˚C. Grease a 9-inch spring form pan or a Pyrex dish with butter or oil.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended.
Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.
Using a wooden spoon, mix in the walnuts and the chopped apples.
Bake the cake until golden brown about 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Once the cake is done, poke it all over with a fork or a skewer. Pour the prepared sauce over hot cake while still in the pan. Give the cake a few minutes to absorb the sauce before slicing and serving.
For the sauce:
1.       Place sauce ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring it to a gentle boil. After it begins gently boiling, continue to stir and allow to cook for about three minutes on low heat. It should be loose and will lightly coat the back of a spoon.
 
Notes
·         You can choose not to use the caramel sauce. In that case, let the cake cool for 10 minutes, dust with icing sugar and serve.
·         I like to toast my walnuts before adding to the cake batter. To toast walnuts, simply heat them on low heat in a nonstick frying pan for a couple of minutes until they are light brown and fragrant.
 
 

Apple Hand Pies

*This post was intended for the week after exams. But then Karachi happened…

Mini apple pies. The flaky buttery crust filled with a cinnamon scented apple filling should definitely be on your to-bake list this winter!

The air may not be as crisp and the leaves may not be as brown as the rest of the world, but that does not mean that us Pakistanis don’t love fall. And now that winter is almost here, it’s the perfect time to put to use all those pie recipes safely hidden away in your recipe box. What could be better than gooey flaky just-out-of-the-oven apple pies on these cold dreary days.

The flaky buttery crust filled with a cinnamon scented apple filling should definitely be on your to-bake list this winter!

 

I whipped these up in fifteen minutes flat after coming home from a relax- after-Exam-From-Hell hike in the Margalla Hills. The weather was beautiful and my legs were dead.

off to the hills!water-3

And so these mini apple pies were the perfect pick-me-up, although I do prefer chocolate but these were next to best.

Mini apple pies. The flaky buttery crust filled with a cinnamon scented apple filling should definitely be on your to-bake list this winter!

These beautiful little treats are the perfect thing to make this fall cum winter. To impress your guests with at your next tea party. And with Christmas just around the corner, they can make for a perfect gift for your friends and family, just fill em in a cute lil box, tie a ribbon around it and voila….DIY Christmas gifts in a jiffy. Who wouldn’t love a box of lil apple pies?

Mini apple pies. The flaky buttery crust filled with a cinnamon scented apple filling should definitely be on your to-bake list this winter!

Don’t let the pie crust scare you. I will do a detailed post on it later. It’s very easy. Just follow all the steps and you’ll get perfect results every single time. This was my first try at pie crust and it turned out beyond my expectations.

Mini apple pies. The flaky buttery crust filled with a cinnamon scented apple filling should definitely be on your to-bake list this winter!

The flaky buttery crust filled with a cinnamon scented apple filling should definitely be on your to-bake list this winter!

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Apple Hand Pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus chilling time                                               Yields: 8-10 hand pies
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST
1 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoon (45g) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoon vegetable shortening, chilled
¼ cup ice water
FOR THE FILLING
2 cups small diced and peeled apples
2 teaspoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
FOR TOPPING
1 egg
1 teaspoon water
Granulated sugar, optional
Directions:
For the Crust
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Add the butter and shortening. Using a pastry cutter, or two forks, or with the help of our fingertips, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until it resembles coarse meal (pea-sized bits of butter are totally fine)
Drizzle in the icy cold water little by little, stirring with a wooden spoon in between. When the dough begins to form large clumps, do not add more water.
Flour a work surface and transfer dough on it. Using floured hands, fold dough into itself till it comes together, and the flour is fully incorporated into the fats. Form a ball. Flatten it and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours
For the Filling
In a small bowl, combine all the filling ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
Assemble the Pies
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before rolling, for about 15 minutes. Then, place the dough on a lightly floured work surface, roll into a square about 1/8 inch thick and 14×14 inch sides.
Using a cookie cutter or a cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Reroll dough as needed.
Place six of the circles on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon apple filling in the center, leaving space around the border. Place second dough circle on top of each filled circle. Use a fork to crimp the edges together to seal each pie.
In a small bowl, beat together the egg and water.
Brush the top of each pie with the prepared egg wash. Using a sharp knife, cut two to three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let pies rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
I use and recommend Crisco as the vegetable shortening. It is easily available in all large superstores.
Cubed apples should be very very tiny so as to make sure they cook inside the oven.
The sugar in the filling can be replaced with brown sugar for a more caramel-like flavor.