I just indulged in a sinful food week. Sinful, I tell you. Alcohol! Cookies! Pommes frites with aioli! Chips and salsa! Culminating last night with — AT ONE SITTING — a veggie burger (the kind that was mass produced and then frozen, as opposed to freshly and lovingly prepared by an actual person), a soda, Fritos (my god they were good!) and a Twix candy bar! Eek.
Yes, this is yours truly writing. My blog has not been hijacked. And it’s not April Fool’s Day yet.
This evening’s penance after all the naughty noshes was two big servings of homemade vegetable stew. Back on the right track.
I’m going to conveniently wipe from memory most of what I ate over the last seven days, with one exception: Elise Johnson’s Apple Spice Cake with Brown Butter Icing (scroll down the linked page for the icing recipe). The taste — and the recipes — are keepers.
Elise’s cuisine can be seen on television and the internet, and in cookbooks and magazines. The truly fortunate get to enjoy her food and infectiously outgoing and cheerful personality in her beautiful and welcoming home. I was one of 20+ lucky women to do so last week.
Elise’s mission is to get families cooking together in the kitchen again — a noble cause that I heartily applaud. The recipes on her website are family friendly and approachable. Just like the cake that stole my heart.
I’ve never been a huge fan of apple spice cakes. So many cooks who make them seem to rely on out-of-a-box mixes doctored with some applesauce. Eew.
The only two exceptions I can think of are a certain Caramel Apple Cardamom Cake (which inspired a boy my daughter’s age to ask if I was single!) and Elise’s.
Both are dark and moist and very apple-y. As you might imagine, the cardamom version is slightly more exotic, and it has nuts. Elise’s cake is nut-free (a bonus for those with allergies), but the brown butter icing adds a nice nutty flavor.
Either are just right for baking during this lovely autumn season. Enjoy!