Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Delicious Delectables- Caramelized Autumn Goodness

by Maggie Kelleher

Fall is here. Did you not know yet? Well then I'll tell you, Fall is here!

What is your favorite thing about Fall (or Autumn, as we fancy people call it)? I really can't decide.

Apple picking? 
Pumpkin pie/cake/soup/bread/anything? 
Big scarves/boots/gloves/hats/anything wool?

I love all of it! And I've decided that this Fall I am going to share my favorites with you (along with cake, of course!) and I am starting that off this week with...

Caramelized apples and coffee cake! 


I started this week's Autumn Adventure with a trip to Eckert's Farm in Belleville, IL (about 45 minutes out of St. Louis). They have a host of amazing Autumn activities as well as year-round ones, but my adventures were in apple picking. 

I came home with some Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples and got to work making them into a cake-topping treat of my own creation. 

Caramelized Apple Recipe:

I first sliced one of each apple into wedges about 1/2" thick. This made enough to generously top four My Grandma's mini coffee cakes or to adequately top about eight of them. 

I then set them on the stove. I was experimenting for myself on this one, so the Granny Smith apple got some butter (about 1.5 tsp), a sprinkling of sugar, and about 20 minutes on medium-high heat on the stove (until brown). 

My Grandma's Loves Granny Smith apples!
And the Red Delicious got the same amount of butter and stove time, but I swapped out the sugar for about 2 tsp of honey. 

This is only half of my Red Delicious.
Both turned out delicious and complemented the mini coffee cakes perfectly!

Some friends of mine spent the entire day ready to pounce on those cakes. I could keep describing their antics, but I feel like this picture is worth a thousand descriptive terms: 

When they finally did get a chance to eat the cakes (Granny Smith paired with a delicious Pumpkin mini coffee cake and Red Delicious with our special QVC Apple Cranberry flavor) I was told that they were not only delicious, but "next level" and "buttery and moist." 

Not bad for 30 minutes of work! 

Apples not your favorite part of Fall? 
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