The third season of the year is here and my favorite of all, fall. Fall is very comforting, a reminder of the glorious summer gone by and the courage to brave the long dreary winter. The best thing about this season are the colors, when the brilliant greens give way to fiery red, bright orange and mellowed yellow, there is always the occasional pink and violet , the bottom line is that the riot of colors are a feast for the eyes.
Autumn brings in the matured sun, gentle mists, the slight nip in the air where the summer heat slips into a cool weather.
It is as Keats puts it:
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.”
Fall is not just about nature, fall is the beginning of comfort food, that which feels like a bear hug, food that makes you want to snuggle and the warmth of mother nature, pumkins, squashes, sweet potatoes and what not. But my favorite flavor of all is cinnamon. It has this rich aroma and tastes unique, they work best with rome apples, combine the two , throw in some flour, eggs, and baking powder ,, there you go, the best fall bake..
Apple Cinnamon Cake.. Hello Fall!!
For the recipe:
- 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup stick butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 3/4 cup) (Philadelphia works great)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 cups chopped peeled apple (about 2 large)
Start by pre-heating the oven to 350 F (175 C) then beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended ( say about 4 to 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
Now Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture and apple in a bowl, and stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into an 8-inch spring-form pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. ( may be 5 mins more or less). Once the cake is done, turn off the oven and let it rest for about 5-7 mins.Then cool the cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife. (one used for breads etc)