Monday, December 14, 2009

Warm Apple Pudding with Hot Caramel Sauce



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...In the midst of the plenty that bombards us at this time of year, there are days that I want to step back and enjoy far simpler fare. Don't get me wrong. I love the treats and empty calories associated with the holidays, but on those nights when there are just two of us at the table or in front of the fire, my tastes run to more basic food. I've shared my love of all things lemon with you. Lemon's only real contender are desserts made with apples. I have two apple puddings that I make over and over again. One comes from a Mennonite community and the other, tonight's offering, comes from an issue of The New York Time Magazine section published more years ago than I care to admit. My vanity aside, credit must be given where it is due. So, I really have to thank Marcia Adams for this lovely recipe. I hope you are still with us, Marcia! It's a great recipe. You have everything you need to pull this off in your pantry and the hot caramel sauce that's served with the pudding will make you socks go up and down. If you hate apples, file the recipe for caramel sauce. I guarantee you won't be sorry. Here are the recipes for the pudding and its wonderful sauce.

Warm Apple Cake with Hot Caramel Sauce
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pecans
5 medium apples to yield 2 1/2 cups chopped (I use Golden Delicious)
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 scant teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
Caramel Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Directions:

1) To make cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans in bowl of a food processor and process until fine. Set aside. Peel, core and quarter apples and place them in bowl of food processor and pulse until they are in medium-coarse shards, or about size of almonds. Set aside.
2) Place butter in a large mixer bowl, add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and beat until blended. Add soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix quickly. Add flour and beat until just blend. Stir in apples and nuts.
3) Pour mixture into a greased 9-inch-round cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched with a finger. Cool slightly. Center may sink somewhat.
4) For caramel sauce, melt butter, brown sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and milk.
5) Cut cake into eight wedges. Ladle a large spoonful of sauce on the bottom of eight dessert plates. Place a wedge of cake on top of sauce. Yield: 8 servings.

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47 comments:

Alessandra said...

yum! I don't really use golden delicious for cakes, did they preform well?

Helene said...

Oh my that caramel sauce would be good with anything. What a great recipe.

tracieMoo said...

I love the look of it.. It's so comforting :)

satakieli said...

This looks and sounds absolutely divine!

My Little Space said...

As you know, I prefer desserts more than proper meals! But I'll take at least once a day proper meal with all the veggies, meat and fruits I needed.

. said...

I'm crazy for apple pie and this variation with caramel sauce looks so good.
Alfazema

Ginger said...

Where the heck do you find the time to make awesome items EVERY single day? I am swamped with holiday happenings (unfortunately) none of which I really want to be doing. This dish looks perfect. I double love the caramel sauce! Happy holidays Mary. .

Debbie said...

Oh Mary, that just looks so fantastic! I can almost taste how delicious that must be. Just great!

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

I am with you, love lemon..and apple. OK, peaches and raspberries too.
This dessert sounds like a warm hug on a cold day.

Cathy said...

Apples and caramel are always a winning flavor combination. What a beautiful dessert, Mary.

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Je découvre un très blog blog. Les photos sont magnifiques.
BRAVO!!!

Barbara said...

I do love an apple cake. But you made it even better with your caramel sauce! The photo is making me drool. And it's still early!

George Gaston said...

Mary, I could not agree more about the simpler flavors & recipes of old. This wonderful recipe would be a big hit at any meal. I especially like the caramel sauce ~ I could see it finding its way to a simple bowl of vanilla ice cream. Many thanks for posting this terrific recipe.

Yasmeen said...

A dessert perfect for the cold season :D

Chef E said...

Hubby loves puddings, and I made some out of some rolls I have not posted...this sounds right up our alley, and looks delicious!

Foley said...

Mary - This looks absolutely wonderful!! Apples and caramel, how could you go wrong! Definitely one I will copy and paste...I now have a file with just "Mary's Recipes" !!!

Lynda said...

Yum! I love this dessert, Mary and it's a perfect size too. A piece smoothered with caramel sauce would be heavenly!

Jennifer said...

I am drooling!! What an awesome dessert, I have to make this!

Mary said...

Alessandra, yes they do. I almost always use Golden Delicious for baking. Occasionally I'll use a Granny Smith. They both hold their shape when they cook.

Pam said...

I. Want. This. Now. It looks absolutely fantastic Mary - you are so talented.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to tuck this recipe aside to try as soon as the holidays are over. You got me wondering about Marcia Adams, whose shows I watched on PBS, so I did some research. She's alive & well in Indiana after a successful heart transplant in 2001.
Martha in KS

Karen said...

Delicious! I love apple cakes. I'm sure that caramel sauce just makes it that much better!

bj said...

My entire family gathers here for Christmas Eve...I am making my hubby's fav, German Cho. Cake but was wanting another KNOCK YOUR SOX OFF something and THIS IS IT.
Thanks so much for the recipe. They are all going to LOVE this and I SURE will as apple desserts are one of my favorites!
Thanks soooo much..

Grace said...

please pardon me whilst i mop up the drool puddling onto my desk... :)
this is a magnificent creation!

Beverly said...

Will you adopt me? I think my family will get over it. ;-)

I'm smiling at the vision of socks going up and down.

Debbie said...

Mmmmm....simpler recipes are the best. And like you, I love anything apple.

Lea Ann said...

I haven't made an apple cake in years! This looks absolutely awesome...and with caramel??? YUM

A Year on the Grill said...

and to think for years I thought pudding came from a box, and was instant... I did indeed save the caramel sauce recipe!

Tanyia said...

This is seriously YUMMM looking!

Twin Tables said...

I seriously just drooled onto my keyboard. This sounds amazing.

Bob said...

That looks unreal. I need to make it, I love warm apple anything!

Bridgett said...

My husband loves all apple desserts so I think this one would go over perfectly if I made this for him. What a gorgeous looking pudding.

Sarah said...

All I can say is yummy and I will be making me some! Thankyou for sharin your recipes xx

Velva said...

Mary, I love anything lemon or apple too! Your warm apple pudding with hot caramel sauce looks warm, comforting and delicious! I really smiled when you wrote that the caramel sauce would make "your socks go up and down" I ahve to remember that line. I loved it! A perfect description.

Happy holidays to you and yoru family.
Velva

Chef Fresco said...

That hot caramel sauce is just soaking into the pudding! yum!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
As always you never disapoint me, and I can always rely on a new tast to tantalize my tastebuds.
Thank you for sharing my sweet friend. I love it when you do.

Please stop by and ready my new post. I think you will find it interesting. Country hugs sweetie and so much love...Sherry

Debinhawaii said...

Such a perfect, comforting dessert. I love anything with apple and the sauce looks wonderful.

Katy ~ said...

This is a "me" type cake...simply divine in preparation, appearance, and flavor. Excellent!

Baking Monster said...

This looks soo good!

The Chef In My Head said...

I am officially hiding your blog from my husband. Poor man doesn't know what he's missing! This made my mouth water, YUUUUUMMMM, LeslieMichele

Farmer Jo said...

That looks amazing! I am craving caramel!

Pauline said...

Oh wow. That looks awesome. Your posts always make me have a kickin' craving! I love bread puddings, and this is great when you don't have the bread, just flour. Sounds delicious and reminds me of the persimmon pudding I just looked up.

theUngourmet said...

This looks heavenly! I knew I was keeping evaporated milk in my cupboard for a reason. This must be it! :D

Kimmy said...

This looks so yumy, specially now in winter time... Have to trymaking it :)

Eftychia said...

Yummy, yummy. With a vanilla ice cream I am sure it will be perfect.

Tubkins said...

Holy mole, I am so doubling the hot caramel in this recipe, and saying hello to a tub of ice cream!

Vicki Bensinger said...

This looks heavenly. It's cold and raining out and looking at these ingredients I have all on hand. I think I will make this when I get up this morning. It's sounds perfect and comforting.

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