Monday, March 18, 2013

Apple Upside Down Cake with Maple Cream Sauce

It’s that time of year again. The Midwest is making Maple Syrup by the gallons and I love every minute of it. Sunday was the annual Maple Syrup Day at our local nature preserve in East Central Illinois. I wrote about what fun we had last year and in case you missed the post, just click here.
This year was a little different. It was a lot colder, so we didn’t walk around much. We pretty much just grabbed our syrup and went home to our warm house where I came up with this recipe in honor of maple syrup time….
oohhh this is good and sweet and moist and mapley. (I don’t know if mapley is a word but I hear by declare it is, so there.)  It’s also super easy to make!
Take 2 1/2 Cups of flour, 1 tsp. of baking soda and 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder and sift together..
Then add 1 tsp. of vanilla to 1 1/2 Cups of milk and set aside..
Next, with a mixer, beat 1 stick of butter until creamy and add 1/3 Cup of brown sugar and beat again until light and fluffy. Once the butter and sugar are all happy, add in 2 eggs, one at a time, incorporating each one really well.
Then add in the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter mixture. Start with the flour, adding in 1/3 of the amount, then half the milk, another 1/3 of the flour, the last half of the milk, and finally ending with the remaining flour. Mix until it just comes together. Then add in 1/3 Cup of maple syrup and mix until it is just blended in.
In a large bowl, mix 1 tsp. of cinnamon and 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup with 2 Cups of pealed and sliced apples.
Spread the apples out in a well greased 8 x 8 baking pan.
Pour the batter over the top and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Once the cake is done, let cool for 10 to 15 minutes and then invert onto a large platter or cookie sheet.
While your cake is baking, that is the perfect time to make the Maple Cream Sauce.
In a small sauce pan, heat 1/2 Cup of Maple Syrup to a simmer. Add in 2 tbsps. of butter and stir until melted. Then remove from heat and add in 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and mix until it is all well blended.
Once the cake is completely cooled, cut a piece and drizzle with the sauce and voila..
As Tom Petty would say, “Oh my my, Oh hell yes.”
I hope this inspires you to go and get some REAL maple syrup. …and support your local farmers or nature preserve or whomever makes maple syrup in your area.
Happy Monday.

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