Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In the most unusual places...

Some time's inspiration come from the most unusual sources. Like finding this yummy recipe in my Costco Connect Magazine...who would have thought.

My neighbor and friend Mirelle had her baby over the weekend. I offered to bring her dinner this week, and dinner is not complete without dessert; at least right after having a baby. While trying to figure out what to make, I got the mail and was thumbing through the Costco magazine. To my surprise this tasty little treat caught my eye. I figured why not try something new.

It was well worth it! Thanks Costco!

(Recipe from Costco Magazine)

1 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. granulated sugar
1 ½ C. veg. oil
3 eggs
3 C. flour
1 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
½ t. nutmeg
½ t. salt
5 apples, cored peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
2 ½ t. vanilla extract

4 T. butter
¼ C. brown sugar
¼ C. granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
½ C. heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x13 pan.
2. To prepare the cake, beat both sugars and oil in a mixing bowl until very well blended.
3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, mixing just until blended.
5. Stir in apples, nuts and vanilla; pour into pan.
6. Bake for 50-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan while preparing the glaze. (Mine cooked for a little over an hour.)
7. To prepare the glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in both sugars and salt; cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
8. Add cream and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
9. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer or fork. Poor on the glaze.
10. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. (Actually I thought it tasted really good chilled in the refrigerator. But that's me, I even like my apple pie cold.)

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