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As we head into autumn one of my favorite recipes to make is my Aunt Cathleen’s Fresh Apple Cake. My aunt shared this recipe years ago with my mom and it has been a family favorite ever since! It is delicious anytime of the year but especially good in the fall when the apples are fresh.apple cake


I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! It is best to make this recipe in the late afternoon just before you plan serving dinner. There is nothing better than warm apple cake with some vanilla ice cream. My aunt has since passed away but every time I make this apple cake it brings back wonderful memories of her.


Fresh Apple Cake



2  ½ cups flour
½cup wheat germ
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp salt
2 cups brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts, chopped
4 cups coarsely chopped unpeeled applesapple cake, cooking, apple cake, prudent living




Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar.flour, apple cake, pecans, applecake


Stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. It is often easier to use your hands to mix everything together as the mixture is quite stiff. Lightly grease a tube pan. Scrap mixture into the tube pan and bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.apples, apple cake, applecake, prudent living Let cool for a few minutes before inverting onto a plate or cake stand.Apple cake, apples, baking


There is nothing that reminds me of autumn than this delicious apple cake. It is good with fresh apples that you have just picked or apples that you want to use up from your refrigerator. Do you have a favorite recipe that has been passed down in your family? Any favorite apple recipes?


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Imagine coming home to the wonderful aroma of a slow cooker apple pie. It’s a perfect dessert when you’re hosting a fellowship night at your home. It is delicious served with vanilla ice cream on top. You can also use a larger crockpot and double the recipe if you are serving more than 8 people. I served it to our small home fellowship group, hoping they’ll like it so much it would be gone buy the end of the night! That way there would be no temptation the next day!slow cooker apple pie


It would also be an easy dessert to have waiting for you at the end of a long workday. Throw the ingredients in the slow cooker before you head to work and come home to a warm dessert waiting for you.


Slow Cooker Apple Pie




8 tart apples, cored, peeled and sliced

1 ¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¾ cup milk

2 Tbsp butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ cup biscuit baking mix, divided

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp chilled butter


Once the apples are sliced toss them with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Place the apple slices in the bottom of a lightly greased slow cooker.Slow Cooker Apple Pie Combine the milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and ½ cup biscuit mix and spoon over the apples. Combine the remaining biscuit mix and brown sugar. Cut in the chilled butter until crumbly. Sprinkle the brown sugar biscuit mixture over the apple mixture in the slow cooker.Slow Cooker Apple Pie Do not stir the mixture. Cover and cook on a low setting for 6-7 hours or until the apples are tender and the top is cake like.slow cooker apple pie


Serve warm with a little vanilla ice cream on top. Let me know how your family enjoys this tasty dessert! I thought it was awesome and apparently so did our home fellowship group as there was very little left!slow cooker apple pie

This recipe is from one of my favorite books; Simply In Season. This book is full of recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods and encourages you to eat in season! Fall and winter is a perfect time to make apple crisp. This recipe is a variation of the traditional apple crisp.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

4 cups of apples, peeled and sliced. I used a variety of apples.
2 cups of cranberries
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp orange peel

Combine these ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently until the fruit is coated.apples, cranberries Place in a greased 8×8 inch baking dish.

¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup flour
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup oat bran
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine these ingredients in a medium bowl.

4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp oil
¹⁄3 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cut the butter and oil into the flour mixture until it crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until the fruit is soft and the topping is crisp. Delicious served warm with a little ice cream.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp

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What is your favorite activity in the fall? One of the things I enjoy most is apple picking! We used to pick apples every fall with our children; coming home with bags of apples. Our children are grown now and it is just my husband and I but we enjoy it just as much. I love making Apple Cake and Apple Pie. I also enjoy making a batch of applesauce to fill my pantry shelves with.

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Home canned applesauce.

We usually pick a variety of apples and then combine them to make applesauce. Applesauce is one of the easiest foods to preserve. Once your applesauce is made you can either can it using a water bath canner or freeze it.

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Apples just waiting to be picked,

The recipe to make applesauce is very easy. Wash, core and quarter the apples (I don’t peel them). Fill your large pot with the cored apples; add just enough water, cider or apple juice to prevent sticking.

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Place apples in a large pot.

Cook over low heat until the apples are soft. I then put the apples through a food mill to remove the skins and give the applesauce a smooth consistency.

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Using a food mill to puree apples.

While the applesauce is still hot you can add sugar and cinnamon if desired. I like my applesauce unsweetened so I don’t add any sugar. Follow the directions for canning using your water bath canner or place the applesauce in freezer containers and you will have plenty of applesauce to enjoy all winter.

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Homemade Applesauce


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Vermont Apple Orchards

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There are so many things I love about fall; the colors, the cool nights, hiking in the woods, and picking apples. We used to gather the kids and make it a family outing; coming home with bags of apples! Now that we are empty nesters it is just my husband and me. Making applesauce is a natural byproduct of having an abundance of apples.

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I love having jars of applesauce in my pantry to enjoy during the winter.

Making applesauce is very easy. Wash, core and quarter your apples.

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Wash, core and quarter your apples.

Place in a large stainless steel pot and add just a little cider, apple juice or water. Just enough so the apples don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

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Place apples in a large pot.

Simmer until the apples are soft.


Simmer until the apples are soft, stirring often.

I then put the apples through a food mill to remove the skins.


Use a food mill to remove the skins.

While the applesauce is still warm add some cinnamon and sugar if you’d like. I usually don’t add any sugar as I find the natural taste just right.

Follow the directions for canning the applesauce in your water bath canner or place in freezer containers to store in your freezer. Either way you will have plenty of applesauce to enjoy all winter.

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Homemade Applesauce

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