Friday, November 4, 2011

EatUp:Farmhouse Festival Cooking With Apples

It is Farmhouse Festival Friday over at The Renegade Farmer today and I would like to share a little farmhouse lovin' with a little farmhouse cookin'! Life around even the smallest of suburban homesteads can be a little unpredictable at times....especially if you are lucky enough to be a girl from the north country. It is of course apple season, and thankfully, my cup runneth over this year in the apple harvest. This is not always the case. Many a year the dreaded summer frosts kill off the blooms and I get absolutely No apples. I am happy to say though, that this Autumn I am challenged every day to come up with a new way to use up some apples! 

This...Is what I mean by unpredictable. This is how the garden looked a few weeks ago. I thought I took a pic of the apples too, but I guess only the tomato picture survived. Unfortunately the tomatoes themselves were not as lucky. I braved the blizzard and rescued what I could. I left most of the green ones behind. I know they can be ripened after picking, but they were so small that it was hardly worth it. The lovelies that I rescued are now yummy tomato sauce waiting to bring a bit of summer to the dinner table during the dark winter.

So If you are as lucky as I am to have so many apples to use up, here is my go-to recipe for making quick use of a half a dozen of those beauties!

Apple Dump Cake
Mix in one large bowl:
     1/2 cup butter
     1/2 cup milk
     1 tsp vanilla
     1/4 tsp baking powder
     1 tsp baking soda
     3/4 cup sugar
     1 egg
     1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
     2+ cups of chopped apples (peels on)
Dump into greased 9x13 pan and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon (or a full crumble      topping if desired.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Quote of the Day: "Food is an important part of a balanced diet."
--Fran Lebowitz author


  1. Sounds delicious! I'm going to copy it into my cookbook. We were given a lot of apples this year, and a friend gave me a dehydrator, too. Dried apples are as good as candy, say my hubby and kids.

  2. Hi there Nature Girl ! So glad you two are part of Farmhouse Fridays (as well as The Renegade farmer) I love this recipe because it is all from scratch. Other "dump" cakes always seem to involve a boxed cake mix. I'll be trying yours very soon. THANKS