September 27, 2015

It Tastes Like Fall! Apple Picking & Coffee Cake

Fall! I love this season. It's time for apple picking, pumpkins on the front porch, the smell of cinnamon and cloves and warm apple cider. I have a hard time picking a favorite season but fall is certainly up there. This is my first fall as a mom and I couldn't wait to share the season's awesomeness with Emmett. The minute the weather cooled and the air crisped, we were out apple picking and festival hopping.

Emmett's first apple picking experience was to a local pick-your-own farm with our friends Ellie & Laine. It went something like this:
This one looks decent. Let's take it.
The apples look fine but the leaves and sticks on the ground taste pretty good too.
Is she going for my hand or my apple?
This apple picking stuff is hard work. I need a nap.
Just a few days later, we completed our 2015 apple picking activities at the Rodale Institute Organic Apple Festival. 
The festival began with a small 5k through the beautiful farmland around the Rodale Institute.
Robert came in second place (read about his race on Runner's World) and Emmett checked to see if the medal was gold. Sadly, it wasn't.
Robert was excited that Emmett is now old enough to hang on his shoulders!
By noon, the kid was pooped and fell asleep in Robert's arms before we even made it back to the car.
 By the end of the week, we had enough apples to feed us for a month so I got to peeling, coring and cooking/baking. Plenty of fresh applesauce for Emmett! And of course, an apple coffee cake. Here's the recipe.
Apple Coffee Cake
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 9" square baking pan or pie dish.  In a large bowl, mix:
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour (I use Annalise Robert's Brown Rice flour mix to make it gluten-free)
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
6 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce

In a separate small bowl, beat:
1/2 cup Milk (feel free to sub with your favorite non-dairy option if you'd like)
1 Egg
1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract (my secret weapon in all baked apple goods. It adds this little extra bit of goodness and highlights the fall flavors)

Add the egg-milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until mixed. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.  

In a small bowl mix:
1 Apple (your favorite variety, I used macintosh), peeled, cored and cut into small cubes.
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Apple Sauce
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Spread evenly on top of the cake batter and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of Oats.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Try not to eat the entire thing in one sitting.


  1. Oh my goodness Emmett is so cute!! Fall really is the best. I can't wait to go apple picking with my boys and to make this delicious cake!