As I wrap up the challenge (and scrambled to make the last few cakes!) I wanted to reach for something simple and that I have yet to feature. I settled on a Caramel Apple Coffee Cake for week 51… however, true to the challenge, it wasn’t so simple.
To be completely honest, my biggest struggle in making all of these cakes has been my inability to fully read a recipe. I know this sounds ridiculous, but at week 51 I still don’t have the time to look into all the steps before beginning! It’s a me thing.
In an attempt to make something simple, I ended up with a multi step coffee cake, that while labor intensive, resulted in a very very delicious accompaniment to a morning cup of coffee.
I had the pleasure of making this cake for my parents while I was home for the holidays, and both of them loved the texture of the caramel sauce, butter cake, sautéed apples and crumbley streusel topping. Ten out of ten, I recommend this cake.
Final thoughts on week 51:
Have you ever approached a situation in life with a pit in your stomach, a feeling like something bad is about to happen? That’s probably how I should have felt before making this week’s cake.
I’ve made the comment time and time again, I come from a primarily female family who not only appreciates good eating, but loves, and quite possibly lives for, the careful preparation and serving to loved ones and friends alike.
Last week, when I made a trip to my neighborhood library, I stopped by the shelf containing all of the cookbooks. I say shelf, but it’s more like a sanctuary. Running my fingers along the cellophane spines, my eyes stopped on the Moosewood Cookbook.
Before I get in to this week’s cake and the inspiration and anecdote behind it, I want to take a moment of celebration and reflection to recognize my progress in the project. 26 cakes marks the halfway point, and to be totally honest, I’m surprised I’ve kept the momentum. Like many of us, I’ve began and abandoned too many passion projects to count.
This was one of those weeks. One of those weeks where I was crazy busy at work and after. I’m moving next weekend to my very own apartment, which I’m actually pretty ecstatic about; however, my personal to-do list has been just as long as my list at work.