Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

It’s officially been fall for over a week so I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long to share this amazing recipe.

Fall is my favorite. Why? Well, there are a few things that I love about it…

Corn Harvest 2013

Corn Harvest 2013

  • Beautiful weather-I could live in a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans
  • Harvest-the fields look absolutely beautiful and it smells amazing!
  • Canning and freezing-tomatoes, salsa, spaghetti sauce, apple sauce, jalapeno pepper jelly, corn, beans, and carrots (ok some of those happen in summer, but still…)
  • and APPLES!! (which I love to eat with peanut butter!)

So here is the deal, I have an incredible recipe for you, and by incredible I mean divinely scrumptious. Trust me, you are going to want to make this one and then keep the recipe close by. I made this less then 6 hours ago and there are 3 pieces left out of a 9×13 pan. Did I mention it is EASY to make.

Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

  • 4 cups diced apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place diced apples in a large bowl and stir in eggs.

Add sugar, oil, cinnamon and nuts.

Apple Cake

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to apple mixture. Stir well.

Apple Cake

Bake in a 9×13 pan for 45 minutes.

Apple Cake

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cream or half & half
  • 1 heaping Tbls flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients, except vanilla.

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

Bring to a boil and cook for 30 seconds, until thickened, stirring constantly.

Caramel Sauce

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm over cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

 

I hope you enjoy the cake, please leave a comment and tell me how it was! 

August: Fairs and 4-H

I’m not sure where August went but it is officially September. I didn’t mean to take an entire month off from blogging but it has been a crazy month; sorry for leaving you all hanging.

August is a busy month for my husband and I with many visits to county fairs and then the Great Minnesota Get Together (or Sweat Together as we like to call it).  Check out the photos below for an idea of what we’ve been up to.

Both my husband and I were 4-H members and believe the 4-H program teaches a multitude of skills and facilitates life long friendships.

Here is a partial list of the things that 4-H taught or provided us:

  • work hard/play hard
  • how to loose gracefully and win humbly
  • sportsmanship
  • how to ask for help and give help to others
  • responsibility
  • about life and death
  • camaraderie
  • social skills
  • life skills (i.e. interviewing, public speaking, record keeping)
  • develop hobbies by learning what you like and dislike
  • meet life long friends
  • ability to make quick decisions and defend your decisions
  • passion for bettering yourself, 4-H, and your community
  • pride in your self and your projects

There are so many other things that I could put on this list but it might take me a long time to finish.  If you are interested in finding out more about 4-H in your state check out the 4-H website or if you are interested in volunteering.  4-H isn’t just for farm kids either, there are a large number of projects that are not livestock related that any kid can participate in like photography, cooking, clothing, woods, and gardening.

Here are a few photos of what we have been up to this past month:

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