It’s officially fall! And if every other blogger hasn’t already alerted you to the fact that the seasons have changed, then I’m here to carry on the ever-lasting weather conversation here in the blogosphere. Welcome to the land of baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe even a little pumpkin. Okay definitely some pumpkin, and probably peppermint if you find an extremely over-achieving blogger on your feed. Some people have all their seasons and holidays baked out and photographed well in advance so when the occasion comes along, they have the appropriate posts all lined up and ready to go. I tend to procrastinate a bit more and find myself baking last minute for these themed posts, but every once and awhile I’ll get the timing right. Even though bloggers have been posting apple recipes for weeks, I feel very appropriate timing today’s post with the second official day of fall – only one day late to the party is fine by me!!
I visited an apple orchard this past weekend and picked some gorgeous Honeycrisp and Gala apples – two of my favorites! (Granny Smith is my true fave, but they weren’t available yet.) Apple picking is one of my most beloved autumn activities, and Ryan and I make a point to visit orchards at least once every year. It’s a bit harder now that we live in the city, but it’s worth the trip to the suburbs in my opinion! While we love New York and everything urban living has to offer, there are always things we miss about Connecticut. Malls, cheap grocery stores, golfing, and local orchards are definitely on the top of our list of most-missed suburban assets (plus my family of course!). So when Epicurian reached out to me to offer a state-shaped cutting board for myself and for a reader, I opted for a Connecticut state board instead of New York just because I love my home state for its beautiful fall weather and bountiful orchards. Gotta rep the ‘Cut and commemorate the great state with an apple-themed post and rustic cake to match. Which state shape will you choose if you win??
I knew I wanted to feature an apple post here this week alongside the giveaway since it’s the first week of fall, so I used my morning off yesterday to quickly throw together this skillet cake. Nothing seems more rustic to me than a skillet cake, and more often than not rustic = easy. This cake is no exception – it was so, so simple to make but really impressive in presentation and taste. The fact that I picked the apples on Saturday and had this cake out of by oven by Monday morning is pretty cool in my opinion. The thousands of people who were just marching around my hood on Sunday for climate change awareness probably appreciate my support of local farming. And my support for really yummy cake! I’m usually not one to get excited about warm fruit, but since the apple is sliced so thin here, it doesn’t bother me as much and I love the pretty arrangement. I’ll sacrifice warm fruit for a pretty cake any day. This dessert would also be perfect for a Rosh Hashanah celebration this weekend – especially with a little honey drizzled on top like the slice below!
If you’re loving apple season as much as I am and you’re looking for something to bake with them – try this cake! It’s definitely different than your standard apple pie, but it has the same flavors, just a cake for a base with no need to make a crust. Baking it all in a cast iron skillet gives the cake some rustic elegance that fits right in with all things autumnal. And if you’re making this cake you’re going to have to cut a lot of apple slices, so you might as well enter to win a new cutting board to go with it, right?? Here are the giveaway details for winning your own state-shape Epicurian cutting board!
- Like my page on Facebook and/or follow me on BlogLovin’ or Instagram
- Leave a comment on this post of what state you’d choose and make sure to leave a valid email address so I can message you if you win. Don’t worry, it won’t be made public!
- You may enter one day every day until the contest ends
- Contest ends Tuesday, September 30 at 5PM EST. Winner will be announced on my Instagram page
And here’s the recipe so you can run to your kitchen to make use of your fall fruit bounty. Good luck with the giveaway and happy apple season/fall/Rosh Hashanah!!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apple Skillet Cake
Recipe adapted from Completely Delicious
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large apples, sliced thinly
1 tbsp cinnamon sugar (mixture of 1:4 cinnamon:sugar)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9" cast iron skillet with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined. Transfer batter into prepared pan and use an offset spatula to evenly distribute the batter.
Cut apples into thin slices and arrange them on top of the batter in concentric, overlapping circles to resemble a flower. Keep adding apples until entire skillet is covered, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Serve warm and drizzle with honey if desired.