Well, I made a whole lot of work for myself this month. Thankfully, there are apples everywhere so I had enough on hand to make two desserts. Since Laura left this month's challenge open to interpretation (check the comments on her challenge post) I decided to make cake.
I found this recipe for Overnight Apple Cake about a year ago and have been dying to make it. It's so simple but I didn't want to leave the oven on overnight so I started baking around 8am and figured by evening, I'd have my cake (and eat it too!). The cake was a success even though it was too thin but it really tastes like a baked apple when all is said and done. It's not really worth waiting 12 hours for but I'm glad I tried it because I would have never known.
With that disappointment, I decided to attempt for a second time a recipe that I found on one of my most favorite food blogs called Alexandra's Kitchen. I made this cake about a year ago but I was working with a horrible oven at the time. It took way too long to bake and I wasn't sure it was even done. My friends and fellow htc bakers, Tori and Laura, both tried it and said it was delicious and survived to tell the tale. I made it again this morning and am very pleased with my new oven. The cake is moist and delicious. I think I need a deeper pan for it to come out right but I'm pleased with it as is.
Last year when I made this cake, I had never purchased vanilla beans before. I was shocked to find out that the local health food store charged $3.50 for ONE! Yikes. I started doing some research and found The Organic Vanilla Bean Company on ebay. They are incredibly cheap and they last forever.
I'm going to go eat another slice for lunch.
Click here to get the recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen.