The summers are back…and it has started getting very very hot – which means I am sweating while cooking and taking photographs. On a happier note the market is soon going to be flooded with all types of different fruits and veggies…not that it ever gets so cold here that we cant grow fruits and vegetables. But soon there will be mangoes, passion fruit and lychees in the market. Before the apples went out of the season, I thought I’ll do an apple recipe.
I wanted to make a cake as its Veggie Zest’s 2nd birthday! I saw a video on apple butter sometime ago and ever since then I have been meaning to make a recipe with it. Apologies for not being able to get pictures of the apple butter as I dived right into making the cake as soon as the butter was ready. While researching online most of the recipes I found were made in a pan, slow cooked for about 2 hours. I was short on time so I improvised and made the butter in pressure cooker. It was quick and worked out just fine. If you dont have a pressure cooker and have planned for making the cake well advance in time…then please make the butter in your pan…while cooking it slowly. I added cinnamon and some paprika while making the butter. The paprika gave the butter a beautiful color and a hint of smoky flavor.
Serving 8 slices
Cooking time 20 minutes plus baking time
5 red apples, peeled and cut into small size
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cider
1 stick cinnamon
1/2 tsp paprika
Pressure cooker method: On medium heat add all the ingredients in the pressure cooker. Cook uncovered for about 2 to 3 minutes or till the sugar melts and apples start turning soft. Cover with the lid and cook till 5 whistles on low. Uncover and cool completely before using for the cake.
Slow Cooking method: Add all the ingredients in the a pan. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or till the sugar melts and apples start turning soft. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 to 2 hours stirring every now and then.
Apple Butter cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup apple butter
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl sift together flour and baking powder.
- In a separate large bowl add sugar and butter. Whisk till creamy.
- Add eggs one by one while whisking the batter.
- Whisk in the yogurt and apple butter.
- Fold in the flour and mix gently.
- Pour in an 8 inch round cake pan and bake for about 40 to 50 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving. Serve with a light dusting of powdered sugar.