Monday, September 26, 2011

fall food love...

simple apple cake...

2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup light vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups diced apples
2 cups chopped nuts (optional)

1. preheat over to 350 degrees.
2. put all ingredients in one large bowl.
3. mix with your hands, gently, but thoroughly (do not use a spoon or mixer!).
4. bake in an ungreased 9×13 pan for 1 hour. cool before cutting.

really!! it’s that easy!

another fall favorite...

hot apple cider

1 quart apple juice or cider
1 cinnamon stick
20 whole black peppercorns
3 whole cloves
1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar
zest from 1/2 lemon

1. toast cinnamon, peppercorns, and cloves over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold all the apple juice. stir occasionally to prevent burning. once the spices become very aromatic (after about a minute or two), they are done.
2. pour apple juice into the pan, turn heat to high, and bring to a boil. as the juice heats, add the brown sugar and stir until it dissolves.
3. after the apple juice has boiled, reduce heat to a simmer, and then add the lemon zest. Simmer for 30 minutes.
4. strain the cider using a fine mesh strainer.
5. serve hot, and enjoy!

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