Easy Autumn Apple Slice

IMG_4881 Peek a Boo Cake

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… 

IMG_4821 Bag of Apples

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. 

IMG_4877 Top View Cake with Apples

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.

IMG_4872 Cake with Apples in Back

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.

IMG_4885 Closeup of Cake

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.

IMG_4884 Bite on a Fork

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. 

IMG_4839 Top View Apples

Add the sugar and whisk to combine. Then add the melted butter and blend until the mixture is crumbly throughout (about 1 minute).

IMG_4846 Butter & Flour

When you squeeze this crumbly mixture it will come together like so in the pictures below.

IMG_4847 Butter & Flour in Hand

IMG_4848 Butter & Flour in Hand Squeezed

Whisk together the egg, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add this to the flour & butter mixture. Blend on medium for 30 seconds.

IMG_4849 Batter without Apples

Fold in your apples, taking care not to over-mix the batter. 

IMG_4850 Batter with Apples

Pour the batter into a 10″ x 15″ x 1″ baking sheet and smooth the top.

IMG_4852 Batter in Pan

Bake for 28 – 32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out crumb-free. 

IMG_4856 Cake Cooling on Rack

Let the cake cool on a rack. Meanwhile, you can make your icing. In a bowl combine all the icing ingredients until smooth.

IMG_4863 Vanilla Glaze (Hardening)

When the cake has cooled completely, drizzle the icing all over. Let the icing set for about 15 minutes, then serve.

IMG_4873 Cake with Apples

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Happy Autumn!

Sweetly  Yours,

Leelabean

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