Fall time, you got to love it. This is by far my favorite season for so many reasons. I think the crisp chilly air tops off the number one reason I like Fall,  but not far behind as a close second, is the baking of everything apples. Apples are such a versatile fruit that you can use the for baking, cooking, snacks and yes even smoothies.  Today was the first day I could feel that welcomed  chill in the air, it was awesome. I decided to embrace this awesome feeling by baking one of my favorite fall cakes, the gluten free apple cake.  I originally saw this cake recipe on Rachel Ray show. I have since played with the ingredients to make it fit more to our style of baking. I hope you enjoy it.

Gluten Free Apple Cake

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Trader Joe’s All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend

1/2 cup Organic Maple Sugar

1/2 cup Organic sugar

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 cup of greek plain yogurt ( non fat or 2% ok)

3 cups grated apples (about 3 medium apples)

Zest of one lemon

1 cup ground walnuts

Confectioner’s sugar to dust the top of the cake once out of the oven

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF Spray a 9 by 13-inch quarter sheet pan with cooking spray. I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Spray

2. In your mixer or a large stand alone bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt.

 

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, greek yogurt, apples, and lemon zest. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until the flour is no longer visible. Gently fold in the walnuts.

I used my favorite spiral slicer to cut up the apples. It was so much fun and a super quick way to get it done.

3. Transfer the batter to the  baking dish and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I have over baked mine on many occasions so watch it carefully.  Cool on a rack, and cut into squares. Dust the  confectioner’s sugar over the top while it is still warm. Brew up your favorite cup of tea or coffee and sit back and enjoy this amazing season of fall.

 

 

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