“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: …a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 2b ESV
By: Jennifer Mullen
I get discouraged sometimes when reading blog posts that seem to be picturesque. They seem too fantastic to be true. Well unlike most bloggers, I am no domestic goddess. Even though my kids and I had a fun day spending time with each other it was not some fairy tale. This is the true story of my fall apple picking and baking excursion.
Last week I awoke to a crisp, autumn morning with a vision of how I wanted my ideal day to look. I set forth making it happen. I dressed in a Pinterest inspired outfit complete with leggings, boots, dress, and warm sweater which proved to be a little warmer than I needed for the 77 degree day that was forecasted. I ditched the sweater within ten minutes of leaving the house.
I dressed the kids, put them in the car, and made a quick stop at Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte. Our destination was a local farm. In my mind I envisioned us gallivanting through the orchards plucking apples from the trees, laughing, making memories of a new tradition. Turned out that this farm has a fruit market only. We were in and out with our purchase of pre-picked apples which we could have bought at Wal-Mart. It was very anti-climatic for the kids and me.
I had searched for two recipes I wanted to try. Being a cook in training, I have never made anything with apples. I wanted to tackle applesauce and some type of cake. Since I have never made a cake from scratch, I chose to do a dump cake using a cake mix from a box. (It would have been a lot easier to have used a can of apple pie filling, but remember, I was trying to make memories.)
After going to the market, we went to Wal-Mart to get everything we needed…including the potato masher. I am telling you, I NEVER cook anything. In seven years of marriage, I have never needed a potato masher.
Even though my daughter’s review of both recipes was two thumbs down, she still had a great time working in the kitchen. I personally liked both dishes.
- 8 small apples (I used Jonathon apples)
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice concentrate
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 cup of brown sugar (I would cut it to 1/2 cup)
- pinch of salt
Peel, core, and slice the apples. Throw them in a pot over medium heat; add the brown sugar, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon and water.
Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, until the apples are extremely soft and mushy.
Using a potato masher mash the apples together until you have consistency you desire.
6 small apples (I used Jonathon apples)
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 cup of sugar
1 and 1/4 cup apple juice
Golden butter cake mix
stick of butter (or more)
- 1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a cake pan. (I used two smaller pans so I could deliver one to a friend.) In a bowl, mix apples with 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Spread evenly in pan. Cover with juice. Sprinkle dry cake mix over apple mixture. Pour melted butter over top. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
While we were waiting for the dumpcake to cook, we made a stamp out of an apple cut in half. Among other things, we made this note card for the cake we delivered.
The recipe for applesauce I used can be found here.
The recipe for the dumpcake can be found here.