It’s officially apple season and the golden delicious tree is burgeoning.
So, last Sunday I slapped together an apple crisp sans recipe, though my trusty assistant in culinary crimes–my wife and herder of Buddy the Rescue Dog–pulled up an Epicurious recipe for a crust topping as a guide. For the filling, I just knew what ingredients I wanted and went from there.
Result: a caramelly ooze —gee, go figure, when the cook indiscriminately tosses in plenty of brown sugar and enough flour…well, there were the sweet cherries and their juice, and the chunks of golden delicioius–well, you get the picture… and the crust was as good as the apple-goo.
On its own, this is a ‘will bake again’ item. As always, though, I did stray ‘just a bit’…
I added allspice to both the apple mixture and the flour mixture.
When it comes to cinnamon, I just don’t get the low doses in most recipes. Can’t remember the last time I actually measured cinnamon.
I added rehydrated Craisins.
I made my own ‘apple sauce’. I just mashed away at, and then seasoned, chunks of golden delicious with the pastry cutter. And mashed away some more.
Figuring on a more moist result, I used a loaf pan instead of a 9” x 13” pan.
Fearing there might be spillover, I scooped out about a cup of the mixture and slathered that into a greased pie pan. Gotta say, when revisiting this recipe, I’ll be tempted to go exclusively with pie pans. It’s a quicker bake and four smaller cakes open the door to more experimentation, say a little creme de cassis reduction for one of them…and Ree Drummond’s Easy Caramel Sauce for another. Come to think of it…I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have those on hand for slices of this current version…
**“No, deeeear! I don’t know anyone named Autumn!”
you’ve ever left a measuring cup in the bag of flour or sugar.
you’ve intentionally left a measuring cup in the bag of flour or sugar for the next baking venture.
you skipped the ‘firmly pack the brown sugar’ step and instead just poured in an extra tablespoon or two of the stuff.
you would consider breaking off a hunk of this cake rather than resorting to a [pinkies up!] utensil. Recipe below…Note: Feel free to overdo both the chocolate chips and the cocoa.
2. Best way to get rid of the redolent odor of wildfire smoke in your kitchen? Four batches of roasted tomatoes, with generous supplies of garlic chunks, rosemary sprigs, etc. [It ain’t pretty here in Oregon right now…]
3. And then there’s this: Do you think dogs lying peacefully on the floor know the difference between our giving them half our attention [one hand scratching their chin and one hand clicking links or entering a passcode] vs. our full attention? Do we send out a ‘semi-distracted’ vibe when we are, in fact, semi-distracted?
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
4 TBLSP cocoa
3 six-inch long zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips
Cream first four ingredients together in large bowl.
Add next three ingredients and stir well to mix.
Measure next six ingredients into sifter; then sift into bowl of other ingredients.
Finely grate zucchini into bowl; stir until blended.
Fold in half of the chocolate chips to mixture.
Pour into greased 9″ x 13″ pan –or- two 9″ cake pans.
Sprinkle rest of chocolate chips on top of batter.
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. [Check it about the 37-minute mark. Hey, different ovens, right?]
*Cutting the oil in half barely changes the final result.