Most of my vivid memories are related to things that heighten the senses: a smell, a song, a season, a flavor. Fall in particular is associated with early childhood flashbacks. Bright yellow leaves contrasting the blacktop at my elementary school. The hem of my pants wet with morning dew. Long blades of grass sparkling in the sun. Fast-forward to adult life, and the season marks important milestones. Joe’s birthday. My birthday. The day he proposed. And our wedding day, 6 weeks later. A different kind of sweet. I still remember how crisp the air smelled the morning we got married.
At the risk of sounding “basic” (not that I care in the slightest) I’m proud to proclaim this, the fall, as my season. To celebrate embracing your season with open arms, we teamed up with a brand that brings back all kinds of nostalgia. I like to call Werther’s Original the OG of hard candies because so many people have memories tied to the little gold package. Even more, the brand was recently named ‘American’s Most Recommended Caramels’ by the Women’s Choice Awards, so I’m certainly not alone in my love for their caramel goodness.
I found Kate’s recipe on Pinterest a while ago and saved it for a future movie night with friends. We essentially followed her recipe but added a heavy dose of melted caramel in there for good measure. Because why not?
Melt the Werther’s Original Salted Caramels into a slightly thinned sauce. Drizzle into a glass filled with ice.
Add liquids into your cocktail shaker, plop in a couple of ice cubes. Shake, shake, shake, then strain into the glass.
Garnish with a nice earthy sprig of rosemary.
What better way to pay homage to the season than with apples and caramel. But this is totally for adults. Subtle and sophisticated. I was first introduced to this recipe way back in 2014. We had just moved into our house and I was trying bake with a very old oven that was on its last legs. Still, the cake was incredibly memorable. Moist, light, and mild enough to make a great breakfast with a hot cup of Earl Grey. I decided to make it again for my family and studio mates, only this time, we added a heavy-handed drizzle of caramel to the top.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch springform pan, or line a round cake pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Stir in the olive oil, milk, and lemon zest.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just blended. Do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
Place the lemon juice in a large bowl. Peel the apples, and using a mandoline, thinly slice them, dropping the slices into the lemon juice to prevent browning. Arrange the apple slices on top of the cake batter.
Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (The bake time may vary. If the cake needs more time but is browning too quickly, tent it with foil and continue baking.) Cool in the pan before unmolding.
Along with sweaters and boots and warm and cozy hats, I hope these two recipes make it on your bucket list this fall. I’m heading to upstate New York to enjoy all things fall this weekend. Old farm house, apple orchards, great company, good food. Slow down and enjoy it while it last, dear readers!
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BY Kate Arends - October 14, 2016
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.