Friday, September 10, 2010

It is a Barnyard Bash on Foodie Friday!

     For quite a while now, Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud has been telling us about her Barnyard Bash party today. I like Lynn. She is always wonderful about visiting me and I wanted to play along and support her new event. I started looking around my house for barnyard animals and I realized that I am animal deprived. The one lonely barnyard animal in my house, is Piglet. Of course, every farm has a pond...and I have a fish, that works doesn't it?

     He is Mexican Pottery and he used to sit among the shells on the top of our old television cabinet. When we got the flat screen, he was retired. That's it for me. I do have a couple of roosters who made a recent appearance at their own event, but other than that...this is not a barnyard friendly home. It is however a food friendly let's cook!

     I've been cooking with apples all week. I actually made two different apple cakes, one was average and one was really good. Of course, you get the recipe for the good one! This is an Emeril Lagasse recipe that I tweaked a little, but not much.


Cake layer:

1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (I used a combination of light and dark brown sugar)
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups cored and chopped apples (I leave the peels on mine)

Crumble Topping:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark brown-the recipe called for light brown)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, softened

Brown Sugar Glaze:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar (once again I used dark brown-light is fine)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water


     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with Pam. In a large bowl, cream together one stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after the addition of each, add the vanilla. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream. Fold in the apples. Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.

     To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and 4 T. butter, and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.

     To make the glaze, in a bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix until smooth. Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let harden slightly. Serve warm or cold.

I am joining Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud for Barnyard Bash

I'm also joining Michael @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday


Unknown said...

Oh, yum! Have to have apples & cake together in the autumn seasons, don't we. Love your 'farm' animals.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Sue McPeak said...

Piglet and Mexico Fish works for me! And I tell you, that Apple Pie recipe does double time for me....I can't wait to try it. I have a recipe on my Barnyard Bash post, too. Maybe you'd like to give it a's called Texas CowChip Cookies....hope to see ya there...Sue

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Piglet is very cute and yes I think fish qualify. There are fish That cake looks so good and does not help me with my diet.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Cute pig! :D
That cake looks so good. Enjoy your weekend.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Lovely new header..., and bon appetit!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Apple cake and Autumn go together like to pigs in slop....put that in here as a nod to the Barnyard Bash party! Sounds yummy

Lynn said...

Sue, you bet there are fish on farms, I'm so glad you brought one to the party! There are apples on farms too and your cake sounds great! Thank you so much for joining the Barnyard Bash:@)

Unknown said...

What a great recipe! Oh and I love your new blog dress! So cute... I'm getting ready to redecorate my blog too... for Fall... well for Halloween. All this candy corn is so yummy and the photo for your header is AMAZING!

Really Rainey

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh!! I still adore Piglet, but I have to say that Eeyore was my favorite!! I always felt sorry for him because he was such a downer!

The apple cake sounds perfect for the cooler weather we are having and I just might decide to use my oven after months! Thanks, Sue!


dee dee said...

I think I just gained 5 pounds reading this excellent post! Can't wait to try this cake!
Unless you count Latte as a small horse, I don't have many farm animals here either!
Dee Dee

Anonymous said...

Any friend of Piglet...

Mouth is watering at your apple cake. Almost makes me want to turn on the oven. (Soon, soon enough)

koralee said...

Yummy my friend...I may just have to make this today for my family for the upcoming week. I am off and leaving them to fend for themselves...see you when I get back .xoxoxo

Kathleen said...

Cute animals and deadly cake.
I can taste and smell it !! Looks good!

Monica H said...

I just picked up a bunch of apples yesterday for some weekend baking. yummy!