It`s official. Summer is definitely over and autumn is here in all its glory. I wouldn´t complain, never, nunca, niemals. So with this day and this recipe my fall season has started. Before, I used to start with sharing a recipe by first baking, second shooting and thirdly and last by writing a story and the recipe. Completing it by sharing it with you on my blog pumpkin up your life.
But in the last weeks / months I did not really feel to sit in front of the computer for too long. That means I took action by baking and shooting recipes first. Now that the rainy season has started, I finally feel like sitting my ass in front of my laptop to edit my photography and write recipes for you. And I promise you I took a zillion pictures for upcoming recipes. Currently 4 waiting in line.
This delicious apple cake with pecans and a vegan caramel sauce, topped with apple chips is the first lucky cake to start the season on the blog. I adore this recipe, I really do. I baked it a few times before in a different way. Now I changed it a little bit to give it a special taste. As I really like Gin lately and we all (should) know that it is made of juniper berries (Wacholderbeeren, germ., among other things) and I like the taste and the smell so much, that I thought why not add it to my apple cake. And I cannot say it was a too bad idea 🙂
Too keep it short this time, let´s all embrace the variety of the seasons. Using seasonal ingredients and trying out new combinations in our recipes. On top of these endless possibilities we have by doing what we love, nowadays we have the best opportunities to share it with people who think the same way. With that being said on a rainy Thursday in October, I hope and wish that you all have a wonderful fall season with plenty of pumpkins and other delicious stuff!
APPLE LOAF CAKE WITH PECANS & A VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE
- 4 medium sized apples (I used Elstar – sweet sour taste)
- 200 pecans (optional walnuts) chopped
- 220 g flour
- 80 g wholewheat flour
- 3 eggs (medium)
- 200 maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- 4 tbsp. apple puree
- 180 g vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. Natron
- 3 tsp. cinnamon
- 5 grounded juniper berries
- 1 pinch of salt
VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE
- 90 g coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. coconut milk creamy
- 100 g maple syrup
- 1,5 apples (just enough for 1 baking tray)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200ºC.
- Wash your apples and slice them into very thin slices.
- Remove the seeds and hard pieces from the inner of the apple slices.
- Spread the slices separately on a with baking paper covered baking tray.
- Gently sprinkle cinnamon over the apples slices.
- Turn down oven heat to 80ºC and dry/bake slices for about 2 hours
- Preheat oven to 180° C and cover a small loaf baking pan (mine was 20x9x9) with baking paper or grease pan and line with flour . You can also use a bigger one, cake will just be a little more flat.
- Peel your apples, remove seeds and cut them into small cubes.
- Roughly chopp the pecans (or walnuts optional).
- In a bowl mix apples together with pecans and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Finely grind your juniper berries.
- In another bowl mix together flour/wholewheat, baking powder, Natron, salt and juniper berries. Make sure to well combine all the dry ingredients.
- In your mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup and Oil for about 3-5 minutes, until foamy.
- Add dry flour mixture until just well combined. Beat mixture on medium speed.
- Fold in apple cinnamon mixture until you have smooth batter.
- Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake cake mixture for about 50-60 minutes. Start to check on your cake after 30-45 minutes. When it gets to brown on top, cover it with baking paper.
- Remove cake when a toothpick comes out clean, let cake cool.
- In a pan melt coconut oil on medium heat.
- Add maple syrup and coconut milk. Whisk and bring to a boil on higher heat.
- Once mixture starts to boil, immediately turn down heat to medium and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Frequently stir mixture and after a few minutes you will receive a thick gold brown caramel sauce.
- Once mixture has reached desired consistence, remove pan from heat and cover your cake with the caramel sauce.
- Finally top your cake with apple chips and serve!