Apple Streusel Cake

Baked apple desserts are at the top of the list when it comes to comfort, nostalgia and just pure deliciousness.  We are always fully on board with buying way too many apples when they begin to come into season, and then having an excuse to make all the apple things.  Rather than chunks or slices of apples, we grated them and folded them into a wonderfully spiced batter, and then of course just had to top it with streusel.  Perfect for a weekend breakfast, afternoon snack, or evening dessert.

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Cinnamon Buns: A Swedish Tradition

 

Today (October 4) is National Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden! This day was created back in 1999 as a way for Sweden’s ‘Home Baking Council’ to celebrate their fortieth birthday. Autumn in Sweden is very similar to autumn here in the US. It is the harvest high season and home baking is something occurring in many homes across the country. There is just nothing like a fresh, hot, gooey cinnamon bun on a crisp autumn morning. I will admit that this sweet treat is one of my all time favorites!  I have fond memories of hot cinnamon buns, fresh from the oven, coated in cream cheese icing being served every Christmas morning. This Christmas tradition is still carried out at my parents home and now my own home each year. Because this is one of my favorite desserts, I have created several variations over the years. This newest creation I believe will be one of your favorites as well.

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Not Your Grandma’s Apple Butter

Apples always equate autumn to me.  Growing up in Georgia, every fall saw us traipsing off to the North Georgia mountains for apple picking, apple festivals, apple anything.  Roadside stands littered the drive with handmade signs announcing an array of apple delights.

For me, everything paled in comparison to the huge apple orchards that opened to the public for U-pick excursions.  These operations usually offered a wide variety of activities for kids and adults including hay rides, bounce houses, apple bobbing, apple contests, petting zoos, etc.  There was always a little store overflowing with apple bread, apple pies, apple fritters, fresh apple cider, and of course, already picked bushels and baskets of apples for those who would rather not wander the orchards.

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