October 14, 2012
Cranberry Apple Cake
We got a new kitty a couple of days ago. I am so in love with him. I think I've finally found a cat that is going to be a snuggle bunny ♥ I have two other cats, but neither of them really want much to do with us. Since we used to have three cats, until my other snuggle bunny disappeared, I figured it would be OK to look for another one. My husband didn't love the idea, but he's been a good sport. He knew how heart broken I was when my Misty Mae came up missing, so he agreed to one more. I have been having so much fun with this little guy.....am I turning into some weirdo cat lady??? Whatever, he's so cute I don't even care if I am! Look at this precious little guy:
Isn't he just the cutest??? He purrs like a mad man and he loves to snuggle....I'm in heaven. OK, I'll stop going on and on about the newest addition to the family now :)
I know I said I wouldn't post tons of recipes involving cranberries, but I couldn't resist this one. This is a cake I saw Ina Garten make on her cooking show, and I knew it would be good. It is easy to make, and oh so delicious! The cake is so tender and just soaks up all the juices from the cranberries and apples. All the flavors go so well together. Everyone in my house LOVES this cake. I made a few changes to the original recipe to suite my preferences. This cake has become a family favorite - thank you Ina!
Cranberry Apple Cake (adapted from Ina Garten)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 apple, peeled & diced
12 ounces cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup orange juice
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 1 tbsp white sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 325 and spray a 10" pie plate with cooking spray. Add the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon & nutmeg to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
Add the eggs to the bowl of an electric mixer, and using the paddle attachment beat the eggs on medium speed for about 2 minutes. While the mixer is running add 1 cup white sugar, vanilla, sour cream and butter and beat until just barely combined. Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the four and salt, and only mix until combined.
Pour the fruit mix into the pie plate, add the batter and spread evenly over the fruit. Combine the 1 tbsp of sugar with the 1/8 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle over top of the batter. Bake for about an hour or until cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.