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Early Fall HOWA 2011

Bobcat Pause: Recipes

Delicious and easy-to-make fall comfort foods

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • cup whole milk
  • 1 medium Cortland or other baking apple, peeled and sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish or pie pan with a 4-cup capacity.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk vigorously together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, mix half of the sugar with the cinnamon; set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the remaining cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating after each addition until just combined.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the bottom of the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, reserving a teaspoon or two to sprinkle on top. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.
  6. Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.

Makes 6 servings.

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

  • 4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (about 4 cups)
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup butter or stick-style margarine softened
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
  2. Spread the apples in pan. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the apples.
  3. Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Add whipped cream topping (optional).

Makes 4 servings.

Visiting an apple orchard this fall?

  • Look for apples that are well-shaped, have minimal blemishes, and are ripe, which is usually determined by the apple's ground color (the color of the apple that faces the tree's interior).
  • Apples are ready to be picked when they can be picked with the stem still in place. The stem should stay with the apple.
  • Carefully place the apple in a basket or bucket so it doesn't get bruised.