Apple Orchard Snack Cake
We have a tradition each year which has held since I was old enough to remember. My entire family piles in the car and we drive to Toney, Alabama to pay a visit to Scott’s Orchard. As a child, I remember riding home in the back of the truck, munching on all varieties of fresh apples and trying to guess what Mama would bake first with our bounty.
We would buy several baskets of different varieties and once we got home, my mother would get to cooking. Each day, it seemed, there was a new apple dish waiting on us when we came in from school. We relished each and every one.
The year my son was born, we had to take him to Scott’s Orchard, even though he was only two months old at the time! However, though family traditions hold strong, they do get modified from time to time. Both of my children have made the fall trip to the orchard every year of their lives, although Isom’s in our hometown of Athens has won out on more than one occasion due to pure convenience. I highly recommend either of these orchards, or any apple orchard close to you this time of year. Locally grown apples truly are the absolute best when it comes to preparing your family’s favorite dishes. If you’re lucky, your orchard will have fresh apple cider slushes. With Isom’s being so conveniently located on Highway 72, we have been known to stop by several times a week when apple cider was coming in for this very reason!
I often find with recipes, as with memories, it is the simple things which satisfy us the most. This recipe is the perfect example of that. A classic snack cake that is not too sweet, the simple ingredients make it a breeze to throw together. Add in the full flavor of locally grown apples (preferably from a family orchard trip!) and you can’t go wrong. It is perfect for breakfast, with a cup of coffee while visiting friends, or any other time of day. I also think of it as the ideal after school snack
Ingredients are simple: Graham cracker crumbs, margarine, eggs, sugar, and apples.
The recipe also calls for walnuts, which I highly recommend. However, I am not including them in mine as the little people in my house have voiced their objection to having “those nut things” in their snack cake!
All of today’s photos are courtesy of my trusty iPhone due to the incident involving my digital camera and the Coca Cola Cake
. Don’t worry though, I am being a very good girl and just know that if I brush my teeth and mind my manners, the camera fairy will come!
Melt margarine and pour into medium sized mixing bowl.
Add graham cracker crumbs.
Peel and chop apples.
Stir to combine.
Spray 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for forty to forty five minutes.
Remove from oven.
Sprinkle top liberally with confectioner’s sugar
So that it looks like this!
feed the bears.
they’ll be glad ya did!
- 1 C sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 to 3 apples, peeled and diced
- 1/2 C butter or margarine, melted
- 2 C graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 C chopped walnuts (optional)
- Blend sugar, margarine, and eggs in bowl with a spoon.
- Stir in graham cracker crumbs, apples, and walnuts until blended.
- Spread batter into greased 8×8 pan.
- Bake at 350 for forty to forty five minutes or until firm to the touch.
- Sprinkle liberally with confectioner’s sugar.
- Cool and then cut into squares.
For more information about Alabama grown products and to find an Alabama orchard near you, visit www.buylocalalabama.com