Friday, November 07, 2008

What to do with bruised apples

...when your freezer's already full of applesauce.

I have failed to teach my picky kids to eat around the bad spots. Too bad, since I like to buy those bags of blemished organic produce in the corner of the store.

Yesterday we baked Jewish Apple Cake from the Smitten Kitchen. It calls for basic ingredients, including oil instead of butter.

Andrew promptly dubbed it "Rotten Apple Cake," but even he wolfed his piece down.

Its smell was so tempting, I had to slice it in two and whisk it off to some neighbors, posthaste.

17 comments:

the voice of melody said...

Lucky neighbor! Oh and I love the "rotten apple cake" name. I used to make these cookies that were affectionately called "ugly cookies". Great tasting, a bit messy to eat, but definitely not the prettiest.

Many sweet blessings!

Ern said...

Meredith lately I have been chopping an apple in my oatmeal. I love the small chunks and gives me some added fiber.

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

If you make the Smitten Kitchen cake, note that I used a large Bundt pan instead of the tube pan. It worked fine, although I didn't ge tthe pretty apple slices on top.

Anna said...

We have that problem with bananas. They're getting better, though- the children, that is.
Yesterday, I made the apple crisp recipe from 365 Days of Crockpoting. The orange juice was a nice change from the usual apple pie spices.

Anonymous said...

Andrew makes me laugh. My own Andrew is soon to be 20, but he still makes me laugh. Aren't boys hilarious? They also help moms understand grown men much better. Have a good weekend!

Valerie

Alicia said...

That looks delish - I had to print the recipe right away!

Sandy said...

That is funny - rotten apple cake!

Just chop them up (leave the peels on) and make my NO PEEL cake. It's so easy and yummy.

I think I'm going to do it today with some "rotten" apples & pears!

Happy weekend!

sara said...

I use that same recipe - and I use a bundt pan too. I love making that cake - it's SOOO yummy and I like to make it to usher in fall. Since it has so many apples, I also rationalize that it is breakfast food! :)

Anonymous said...

At a nice cafe we love there is match stick cut apple slices in the salad. It is so good. Just a touch of sweetness to a cold salad. Roxie

Tyggereye said...

What a great looking cake. I'm totally going to try this recipe.

Amiyrah said...

Such a lovely problem to have! I usually make them into sauteed cinnamon apples and we use it as a side dish for dinner or in our oatmeal in the morning. The apples last almost 2 weeks in the fridge and get better tasting every day.

Cassie said...

Oh it sounds great! I had some home-made apple butter today! there is another idea it was absolutely amazing spread on warm toast. I just started blogging as well feel free to check out my site :)

Prudent Homemaker said...

Why not can your applesauce? We were just given some rotting apples and we canned the applesauce. I put most of it in quart jars, but some in half-pint jars for baby food.

You can also make and can some apple butter.

I like to make apple tart as well.

Another thing, if you have enough, is to press them and make juice and can it as well.

A friend of mine has 4 apple trees. From those four trees, she makes enough canned juice, cannned applesauce, and canned apple pie filling to last her family for the year, plus she dries some of the apples as well.

Sheila said...

You always make your home sound so inviting! I wish I lived next to you!

I'm forever making banana chocolate chip muffins and banana bread because I buy all these bananas with good intentions and then never finish them in time. Luckily my kids love banana bread. I think they don't eat the bananas on purpose...

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Leila said...

Your blog is very inspiring and I hope you don't mind my little rant about apples and kids over at Like Mother Like Daughter!

Mary said...

I had to try this recipe. It stuck to the pan but I was able to rescue it. You can see a picture on my blog at:
http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2008/11/looks-arent-everything.html
Thanks for sharing!

Tracey said...

Hi Meredith,

I made this cake AND blogged about it today. It was a good day.

Thanks for the idea.