Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Apples and Pumpkins at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

It's finally October at our Waynesville, NC bed and breakfast and that means its time to start the ovens!We just received a bagful of apples and small pumpkins from our very thoughtful guests Liz and Peter who hail from Missouri. As soon as I receive a gift like that I want to bake something to serve the next morning at breakfast to show our appreciation.

I have a recipe to share with you from Bon Appetit that I have used since 2001. It incorporates both the apples and pumpkin, Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Cake. It tastes like pumpkin spice cake and apple crisp baked together.

Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Cake
Bon Appétit | October 2001

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups diced peeled cored Granny Smith apples (about 4 large)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (firmly packed)  brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin ( I made my own)
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs

For apples: Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples; sauté until apples begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and cinnamon and sauté until golden brown, about 3 minutes longer. Cool.

For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan. Combine flour, brown sugar, butter, and salt in large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside 2/3 cup of mixture for topping. Beat pumpkin, sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, spice, and baking soda into remaining flour mixture, beating just until smooth. Beat in eggs. Transfer batter to pan. Scatter apples evenly over top. Sprinkle reserved topping over apples.

Bake cake until topping is golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack 20 minutes. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Release pan sides from cake. Transfer cake to platter. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.) Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream.

 The aroma from this dessert fills our Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast with all of the fall spices you can think of. Enjoy!

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina

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