Recipe of the Week - Apple Cake with Cider & Maple Syrup Sauce


From Inspired by the Seasons, this recipe features the signature farmers' market ingredients for fall: apples, maple syrup and apple cider. 



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and 8"x 8" baking dish or line with parchment paper.

Place butter and sugars in a medium sized bowl and cream together with the mixer of your choice until fluffy.  Somewhere around 2 minutes.  Beat in egg and vanilla and then add sour cream.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  

Add to wet ingredients and stir in apples. 

Spread batter evenly in baking dish and place apple slices in what ever creative pattern suits you.

Bake 50 minutes, then add sauce (recipe below) and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until it passes the toothpick test.

While the cake is baking, prepare the sauce.  In a small saucepan add the apple cider and simmer until reduced to 1/3rd cup. Then stir in maple syrup and butter and heat until melted together.  

At the 50 minute mark, take the cake out of the oven and spoon the sauce over the top, about 5 tablespoons.  Return to oven and bake the remaining 10-15 minutes until done.  Cool 10 minutes and serve warm.

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