It’s fall, ya’ll! It doesn’t feel like it where I live but I am craving apple, cinnamon, pumpkin everything! I am going to deliver a little nostalgia since The Recipe Redux is about my earliest culinary recollections. I love this theme because it makes me think about how far back it all started for me in the kitchen.
I started out at my mom’s side in our Tennessee kitchen. I also was a helper to my grandmother on her farm. Both of very different experiences with food. One is of traditional Southern cuisine and the other was more about helping with the crops and canning.
In the 80’s, my mom didn’t really cook from scratch. As a full time teacher, she was all about convenience and feeding our brood of five. This was the full blown era of cream of something soup, jello salad, and cakes and brownies from a box. I quickly became the cake/brownie maker of the house due to an unrelenting sweet tooth. One of my favorites that my mom made was Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Even if it was from a box, I still have great memories of having it for special occasions. It wasn’t until I was on my own that I made my first scratch cake. Now, I will never go back.
To give my twist to this first culinary recollection, I decided to put a twist on Pineapple Upside Down Cake and do an Apple Upside Down Cake from scratch. It curbs my appetite for fall flavors, and gave me a new memory in the kitchen with my daughter. I hope you enjoy!
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, separated into 1/4 cups
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 apples, thickly sliced w/ middles removed.
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt 1/4 cup of butter and place in the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish or 9x9 pan.
- Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter.
- Peel apples and slice thickly laying it on its side, around 1/2 inch thick.
- Use a small cookie cutter to remove the center of the apple.
- Arrange the apple slices on top of the butter/sugar mixture and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, combine sugar and 1/4 cup softened butter with a hand mixer.
- Add eggs one at a time.
- Add applesauce and vanilla extract to mixture.
- Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients, a little at a time until completely combined into wet ingredients.
- Pour cake batter over apple and brown sugar/butter mixture in the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.