Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Favorites: Oatmeal Apple Cake, Fall Wreaths & Soup Bowls

There are few things more fall-ish than apples & caramel. Whether it's a caramel apple, apple crisp, or apple cake, I love apple and caramel together. Add some cinnamon, nuts and coconut and you have a dessert that is a perfect 10 in my book! This bundt cake is extremely moist, dense and smothered in absolute goodness. The coconut caramel topping is better than any-old frosting! It is buttery, sweet and melts all over the warm cake. Serve this cake with vanilla ice cream and you will have the perfect fall dessert.
Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Topping

1 stick butter
, melted
1 1/4 c. oats

1 1/2 c. boiling water

3/4 c. chopped or grated apples

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. baking powder

1 3/4 c. flour

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. white sugar

1 1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

2 t. vanilla

2 eggs

1 t. salt

In a large bowl, mix together the boiling water, oats and melted butter. Add the remaining ingredients and pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the cake out onto a cake plate or large platter. Once you have made the topping (below), pour it directly onto the cake while the cake is still hot. Let the cake cool or serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

1 c. coconut

1 c. chopped nuts
(I used almonds, but pecans or walnuts might even be better)
1/4 c. whole milk or heavy cream
(you might need a smidgen more)
1/3 c. butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

Bring the brown sugar, butter and milk to a slow boil on medium heat. Once the sauce has begun to thicken and boil, let it simmer for 1-2 minutes, making sure the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the coconut and nuts to the sauce. Drizzle the topping all over the top of the bundt cake.

Soup...who doesn't love a warm, hearty soup in the cold weather? new favorite addition to soup is Mel's Homemade Bread Bowls (I used the Italian Bread Bowls). We had a witches party with 50 women from our neighborhood and we made these bread bowls for all of the ladies. They worked out perfectly and couldn't be easier to make. These also freeze well if you want to make up a batch and freeze half for later. They are the a great addition to ay fall party!

Here are some of my favorite soups: Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup, Garden Beef Stew, Tortellini Sausage Soup, and Chicken Wild Rice Soup. For 16 more soup recipes, browse through our Soup link on the right side of the blog.
Let's get one thing straight..I LOVE to cook, but I am NO Martha Stewart! Crafts and I don't get along very well. There is a favorite craft store just down the street from us that my friends visit multiple times a week. They were appalled that I had only been to this store ONCE in the two years it has been open. I don't know what it is about crafts, but they either cost too much, never turn out quite right, or involve too many nick-nacks that I don't want to bother shopping for. I can live in a grocery store all day, but get me in a craft or sewing store and I start to get stir crazy.

Well, my crafty side decided to come out to play when I saw my friends Halloween wreath on her door. It was seriously the cutest wreath I had ever seen! She mentioned she saw it on Pintrest (I know..I am SO old-school and still haven't signed up yet) and on Our Best Bites. She promised this wreath would be easy, inexpensive and fun to make. I hesitantly gave in, but was pleasantly surprised at how super easy (and fun!) this wreath was to make. wreath is not Halloween because I am too cheap and wanted a wreath I could keep on my door for October and November. However, the Halloween is MUCH cuter than my fall wreath, but if you are looking for a simple craft project, this is the one for you! If I can pull this off, anyone can :) For the instructions on how to make this wreath, go to Our Best Bites and they will give you easy step-by-step instructions. I am now thinking a Christmas wreath might be fun. Maybe this crafty-thing could become addicting?!? I might just have to dust off my glue gun more often!


Jamey said...

I hate to admit that I saw you there buying your wreath materials...and I bought tulle to make a Halloween one...and I still haven't done it yet! I should have bought fall colors too, so that I could finish it and hang it up. I am debating about making mine this year or not since there is only 4 days until Halloween. Yours is cute though!

Shandra said...

That's fun! You should have said hi. I think I was there with a hundred other women buying the same tulle for the same wreath. I promise it was easy. I finished it in less than 2 hours. It will be worth it to hang it this next week. Good luck!

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