Autumn is such a lovely time of year. The weather starts to get cooler, the wind gently blows the dying, colored leaves off the trees, pumpkins and apples pop up everywhere. This is the most exciting time of year for myself, as a baker, since all these seasonal treats are just begging to be used in both traditional and new and creative recipes. And what better time to enjoy them than now, as the days get chillier and shorter…
Recently, we went apple picking with family, such a fun tradition that has developed over the past couple of years. My kids each had a bag that was overflowing with the shiny red beauties and my mind began to race with recipes and ideas so as to make sure I used every last one of them.
First up, is this delicious Autumn Apple Slice. It’s not quite a cake and not quite a bar. It falls somewhere in between. It’s dense, moist, and flavorful and filled with little chunks of fresh, sweet apples.
Throwing together the ingredients for the batter took just a few minutes. The batter is smoothed over in a 10″x15″x1″ jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. The shallowness of this cake pan makes for quick baking. Once cooled, it’s drizzled with a buttery vanilla glaze that isn’t your run-of-the-mill white glaze icing.
This cake is a great post-school snack for the kids that you can make that very morning. And your house will carry the cozy, welcoming aromas of fall – apple, cinnamon, nutmeg.. Perfect for this time of year.
Easy Apple Slice
Recipe by: Leelabean
(Yield: 12 servings)Cake: 3 apples (any kind you prefer), diced and tossed with 2 t lemon juice 2 c flour 2 1/2 t baking powder 1 t cinnamon, ground 1/4 t nutmeg, ground 1/2 t salt 1 c minus 2 T sugar, granulated white 9 T unsalted butter, melted 1 egg, large 1/4 c any kind of milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk) 2 t vanilla extract Vanilla Glaze: 2 c powdered sugar 1/4 c any milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk) 1 1/2 t vanilla extract pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Mix the dry ingredients together in the bowl of your stand mixer – flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, toss the diced apples with the lemon juice. Set this aside.
Add the sugar and whisk to combine. Then add the melted butter and blend until the mixture is crumbly throughout (about 1 minute).
When you squeeze this crumbly mixture it will come together like so in the pictures below.
Whisk together the egg, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add this to the flour & butter mixture. Blend on medium for 30 seconds.
Fold in your apples, taking care not to over-mix the batter.
Pour the batter into a 10″ x 15″ x 1″ baking sheet and smooth the top.
Bake for 28 – 32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out crumb-free.
Let the cake cool on a rack. Meanwhile, you can make your icing. In a bowl combine all the icing ingredients until smooth.
When the cake has cooled completely, drizzle the icing all over. Let the icing set for about 15 minutes, then serve.
Sweetly ♥ Yours,