Upside Down Apple Honey Cake

It’s finally apple season here in PA and I couldn’t wait to start baking and enjoy fresh, crisp apples from our local orchard. I picked up a basket this past weekend to get us through until we can get to pick our own…plus it’s still warm here and the bees will be out in full force. We’re going to wait until it’s feeling a little more like fall before we go picking. In the meantime, I threw together this delicious and sweet upside down apple honey cake for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight. This month’s theme was honey … so many possibilities, but I decided to go with dessert.

The cake is moist and packed with cinnamon-sugar apple pieces and then topped with a honey pecan sauce that brings this cake to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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Honey Sauce:
1/2 cup honey
5 Tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Cake:
1 cup plus 6 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 1/4 cup chopped and peeled apples
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a round cake pan with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add the chopped pecans. Pour the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the rest of the cake.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, sugar, orange juice, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, coat the apple pieces with cinnamon and sugar. Add the dry cake ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and place a thin layer of the batter down. Add a layer of the cinnamon-sugar apples, then add the remaining layer of cake batter and finish with the remaining apple pieces.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the cake is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cook for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. As the cake cools, it will become denser and much easier to cute. Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Check out all the other delicious honey recipes in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight in the link below:

Source: Texanerian Baking

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Honey Almond Granola

I love granola and have been wanting to make a batch. I found this quick and easy recipe for honey almond granola. With only a few ingredients, it’s the perfect introduction to try making homemade granola. I’ve been enjoying it as “cereal” in the morning with sliced bananas. I also like to top yogurt with granola and this one makes for big clumps, so it’s perfect for snacking!

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1 cup whole almonds, divided
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
1/3 cup honey
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.

Add half of the almonds into a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Chop the other half of the almonds until they are pieces, pour into the same bowl. To the bowl, add the oats, salt, sugar and stir to combine.

In a small microwaveable bowl, heat the coconut oil and honey for 40 seconds and stir until the coconut oil has become a liquid. Add in the vanilla extract. Pour over the oats and stir until the mixture is evenly coated. Transfer to your prepared baking sheet and spread out to thin layer. Bake for 10 minutes and then stir. Repeat cooking and stirring until your granola is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool. Break granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.

Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

We’re coming off a long holiday weekend, one with I indulged way too much and I’m feeling it today. I’m planning to get back on track and planning to take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are coming into season. This fruit salad highlights local berries with a tropical twist.

We all loved this fruit salad. It was refreshing and made for a great “dessert” for my kids after a picnic dinner. The dressing wasn’t too sweet and the lime added a nice tartness to the fruit. I’ll definitely be making it again!

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Honey Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I’m slowly in the process of eliminating as much processed food as I can from our kitchen and this was a big step for me to replace my store-bought coffee creamer. I didn’t realize how simple and easy it was to make and I can’t wait to try out different flavors – almond, caramel, pumpkin spice…the possibilities are endless!

I love the light flavor of the honey and vanilla and I didn’t need as much creamer as I usually pour into my coffee. I used regular milk this time, but I’m going to try almond milk next time and I’m going to even attempt to make my own sweetened condensed milk! Plus I found this super cute carafe at Target and I knew it would be perfect to hold my creamer.
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk (your preference: whole, skim, almond, heavy cream, etc)
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
Heat the honey with a small amount of milk in the microwave to thin it out and for the sugars in the honey to completely dissolve. Add the remaining milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine and then place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use.
Check out recipes for other flavor combinations at Reclaiming Your Castle.