Today was the first day of school for my son. Every year I like to welcome my children home from their first day of school with a special home baked after-school snack. I think it sets a nice tone for the year to be welcomed home to a nice smelling home and a fresh made treat. I don't bake much during the summer, so I also feel like it's a good way to kick off the baking season.
This year I wanted to make something with apples and cinnamon so I put together an easy Rustic Apple Cake with a delicious maple glaze. The smell of apples and cinnamon baking was wonderful. :)
Rustic Apple Cake with Maple Glaze
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix together in one bowl-
1 1/2 cups peeled and grated apple
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour ( I was out of whole wheat but this recipe would be good with half whole wheat and half white flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 slightly rounded teaspoon cinnamon
Mix until combined, batter will be slightly lumpy, don't over mix. Bake in a greased pie pan for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool on a rack for at least 45 minutes before topping with glaze.
mix together- 1 cup powdered sugar, 3/4 teaspoon Mapleine (artificial maple flavor) , warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until you have added enough water to make glaze a smooth consistency that will drizzle nicely over cake. Let glaze set up for ten minutes or so before serving.
The whole family enjoyed our after-school snack.
We are all really looking forward to a new school year and all of the fun activities that go along with a new school year.
I am looking forward to baking more apple treats over the next couple of months, and am looking forward to the first of the honeycrisp apples, my favorite!
I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of September- What are your back to school traditions?
You might also enjoy my recipe for Rustic Cinnamon Molasses Coffee Cake .