This almond yogurt apple cake was just what the spirits needed after an intensely rumble tumble weekend. It is the time of the year for apple desserts, think of this one a year ago.
The upside of doing various things has been that I have not been excessively focused on the news. Too much bad, hopefully the upcoming holidays will offer a positive lift to our spirits.
In many parts of the world, we are beginning to think of some festivity. Navrathri or Durga Puja is here. If you are Jewish, you are just bringing in a New Year, so Shannah Tova. Two different holidays, and I am sure there are countless others around the world. Both offer a time of reflection, moment to start fresh and hopefully wash away your sins. In our house, just Fall brings in enough of an opportunity to celebrate. There is something magical about watching those leaves beginning to fall.
At a personal level, I did something different and brave. I asked for something at work. Whether my brave move will pay off or not, time will tell, however, I asked. It is a big deal for someone who typically goes with the flow and lets things happen as then come. It is a cultural thing. Still many projects all with their classic balls in the air. Deepta is settling happily into her new school.
I am disappointed that she is not off today, unlike the public schools. I did get some me time with my son which is always a treat and fun. Aadi is all of 12 and I am very impressed to see how organized he has become. He starts his morning with a to do list, something I started doing later in life.
A simple skill that really pays off million fold. A simple coping mechanism. At then end of the day that is what life really is about, simple coping mechanisms that keep us safe, sane and happy.
A beautiful comforting apple almond yogurt cake.
- 6 medium tart apples (about 3/4 pounds) It is good to use a mixture
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup of brown raw cane sugar
- 1 cup yogurt (I use lowfat yogurt)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- Core the apples. Finely dice 5 apples and thinly slice the last apple, it is not necessary to peel them.
- Grease a 9 inch round cake pan and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and cream well until well mixed. I often just use a wooden spoon but a mixer would work well too.
- Add in the yogurt and the beaten eggs and mix until well mixed. Do not over-blend.
- Stir in the diced apples.
- Gradually sift in the all purpose flour with the baking powder and baking soda.
- Mix in the almond meal, garam masala and the ginger.
- Pour this into the cake pan. You will get a somewhat thick mixture.
- Arrange the sliced apples on the top and place in the oven and bake until nice and golden. This will take about 40 minutes. Serve warm.