Elise and I have started a designated Mommy and Me date when Thomas has after-school activities. My girl is working it like a job. The first day she requested we build a spiderweb that started not the second floor of our house, and go out to lunch. The second day was apple-picking.
Jessica Dreyer is third-generation farmer at Dreyer Farms. Her husband, Adam, is also a farmer! I've been meaning to get to his farm, Wightman Farms for awhile, and our apple-picking date was the perfect occasion.
The farm and farm stand are absolutely beautiful. We didn't have a lot of time, so this day Elise and I just picked apples, but we will definitely be heading back before the season is over to pick pumpkins, go in the corn maze, take a hay ride and fire the pumpkin slingshot. And take another look at the spectacular beehive, preserved behind class inside the farm store.
When I returned home, the first thing I did was slice a big pot of apples, top them with a couple cups of water and 1 T. of cinnamon, and simmer a pot of applesauce all night long.
The second was make my grandma Hazel's apple cake. This is a weird recipe, but this cake is near perfect.
It's full of flavor and large chunks of apple, and has this beautiful golden brown color all the way through. Just like my grandmother's. The first time I read her recipe, I had my doubts that she had recorded it correctly. Break eggs over the sliced apples? You just keep adding ingredients to the apples and stirring them?This isn't the baking science I know. But trust me, it works.
Hazel’s Apple Cake
- 4 c. apples
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 c. canola oil
- 2 c. flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 325. Peel and slice four cups of apples, about 4-5 apples.
- Place in a large bowl. Break 3 eggs over apples. Mix well. Add sugar, oil and vanilla and mix well.
- Sift flour, baking soda and salt into bowl and mix well.
- Butter a 9x13 baking dish and dust with powdered sugar. Dump the excess powdered sugar out and then scrape the batter into the bowl and level with a spoon or spatula.
- Bake for 1 hour at 325. Cool and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.