Sunday, July 17, 2011

an understated apple cake.

sad reality for this muffin lover: muffin tins are a pain to clean by hand. this is inherently related, of course, to the other sad reality of this kitchen, which is that it is not equipped with a dish washer. scrubbing dishes was never really an issue until i started baking. bowls, whisks, pans, measuring cups and spoons -  the sink would go from empty to overflowing in minutes flat. now i do my best to minimize the number of kitchen appliances necessary to create something tasty and wholesome. which is why you'll probably never encounter something like this if you hang around these parts. 

however, if you're looking for simple and minimal post-clean up baked goods, then you've clicked your way to the right blog! this low-maintenance and very comforting apple cake could be used to make muffins as well. it can also be veganized by substituting in about 1/4 cup applesauce for the egg. the cake stays good for days without drying out and makes an excellent potluck contribution. that said, my level of enjoyment was highest when i consumed it straight out of the oven.

summer apple cake

2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg

preheat oven to 350 F. mix all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. add in the yogurt, egg, and oil and mix well. fold in the apples and vanilla extract and mix well. pour into a greased baking dish and bake for about 50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.