These delectable individual-sized cakes are packed with the flavors of autumn – honeycrisp apples, crunchy pecans, and caramel.
Taking advantage of fruit, vegetables, fish and wild game during times of seasonal abundance is a celebrated part of our kitchen, but it hasn’t always been easy to do so living in the Arctic bush. Back in California, between farmers’ markets and our own modest garden, our kitchen was stocked with ripe, heirloom tomatoes, freshly picked raspberries and peaches so ripe they had to be eaten over the sink (or outside under our peach trees).
Since moving to bush Alaska, we’ve been shipping up frozen fruits and vegetables during our annual summertime shopping. These have been supplemented with “keeper” produce such as squashes, potatoes, onions and apples. We’ve managed to keep many of our traditions intact by pulling seasonal items from our pantry and freezers at the appropriate times, but we’ve missed enjoying fruits and vegetables freshly harvested from local farms.
This year, we decided to sign up with a CSA (community supported agriculture). Our “local” CSA, Full Circle Farms, is based in Carnation, Washington, nearly 2,100 miles away. Offering freshly harvested organic choices, Full Circle delivers to the San Francisco Bay Area, Idaho, Washington, and to Arctic Alaska! It has been a long time since we’ve had peaches and nectarines as perfectly ripe as the ones Full Circle has been sending, In fact, all their produce so far, from leafy greens to tomatoes to avocados have been spot on.
As part of our order last week, we received honeycrisp apples. This variety is sweet and crunchy with a pleasant tanginess – a balance that seemed begging to be paired with caramel. The pecan topping gives these cakes a savory crunch.
Fall Harvest Cakes
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mace
- 2 cups shredded apple
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 4-5 caramel candies, or 1/4 cup caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin.
- Cream butter and yogurt.
- Gradually add sugar to butter mixture. Beat well.
- Thoroughly mix in eggs, one at a time.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mace.
- Gradually incorporate flour mixture to sugar mixture.
- Stir in apples.
- Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle on pecans and caramel (sprinkle chopped candies or pour on sauce).
- Bake for 10 more minutes. Cakes are done when wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool on wire racks.
can’t wait to try these….
Let us know if you do how they turn out!
will do… 🙂
Reblogged this on Morning Tempest Studios and commented:
Looking for a yummy fall treat? Try these!
Thanks for the reblog, Crysta!
Thanks for writing awesome stuff!
“That’s a great shot Bar, what kind of aperture are you using?”
No, really, those look AMAZING!
60mm lens – Great food lens! And thanks! We’re putting together new menu ideas for when you come up!
These little apple cakes sound amazing. I love the idea of adding a little yogurt to the sponge to balance the sharp, sweetness of the apples and the subtle spiciness of the caramel. Thanks for sharing the great recipe
Thanks for reading! These cakes came out super moist, too.
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Thanks as always, Cathy.
It looks delicious and I love the apple/nut combination. This is the kind of indulgence I would only take one at the time, (and ask someone to hide the rest) other I would risk eating the whole bunch…
🙂 Thanks for reading!
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I love muffins, and these sound wonderful! Have to give them a try this fall.
These fall Harvest Cakes sound so delicious. I love the combination of the apples, caramel & nuts. As a previous commenter said I would have to limit myself on these, possibly sharing them with a neighbor or bringing them to work so that I wouldn’t eat all of them myself.
Thanks for the comment, Marcie. They really are a perfect fall confection.