A sign it’s finally fall

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My colleague Jeremy published a post today where he shared his grandmother’s Apple Cake recipe. I loved the story about how his grandmother actually baked this almost every Wednesday when he was growing up. What a lovely memory!

Anyway, when I read it, I thought, “Well, it’s Wednesday. I have 4 apples on the kitchen counter that I need to do something with. It’s cold and sunny outside. And I have a need to bake.”

So, tonight, in honor of Jeremy’s grandmother, voilà! And oh, it was so, so yummy. I don’t think this is going to make it to the weekend.

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I made some tweaks to the recipe based on what I had on hand. Namely:

  • I didn’t have any rum, but I had just a little tablespoon’s worth of brandy left in a bottle. Same thing, right?
  • I didn’t have any vanilla powder, so I used vanilla extract instead.
  • 150 grams of sugar is about 3/4 cup, but I reduced it to 1/2 cup instead and sprinkled about a tablespoon’s worth on top of the batter just before baking.
  • I substituted unsweetened soymilk for the milk.
  • I added a half-cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Next time I might add a whole cup. Because why not?