A Special message of Thanksgiving
Just the thought of the holidays arriving soon gets me so excited. Ekk! Can you tell?I can’t wait! I’m in love with this time of the year. It brings a smile to my face just the thinking about my family sitting around the table together at Thanksgiving. Like many, Thanksgiving is truly a time of gathering and giving thanks for all our loved ones and especially the food that we’re about to receive.
As you guys might not have known, last Thanksgiving was the last holiday that I got to spend with my mom before she passed away. It was the last big holiday that my family and siblings spent together. Even although my family lived close by to our mother, I, however, did not. So on my end, it took some planning and saving to get my own family there for this special holiday. It was important for me to make this family gathering extra special for her.
Since my mother wasn’t able to drive any longer and was in discomfort to walk, my family decided to have Thanksgiving at her apartment. Trust me, there were twenty-five of us so it was pretty packed but we were very blessed to utilize the extra space in what she would call the “big room”. The big room was a small sized function room in her building but it provided enough space that we could all eat together. And, do you know what? It was so worth it. That room was perfect for us. Not only did I get to spend time with my mom but we were together as a family. I truly believe that made this holiday extra special for all of us.
So not only did I get to spend time with my mom but we were together as a family on this special day. I truly believe doing so made this holiday extra special for all of us.
During my visit, I got to spend some time alone with my mom and my family, we really bonded. Just like the day before Thanksgiving. My sister’s, niece’s, my mom and I went to town on baking. It was a day for us girls to be together. Oh, how fun it was! I mean, Thanksgiving desserts are truly an important part of this yummy holiday. Don’t you agree? We all came with our ingredients, recipe ideas, and humor. We laughed, talked, and laughed some more.
Well even although my mom didn’t bake, she was there watching us all make a big ole’mess. We even got her to smile on several occasions because after we were finished baking, there was not much room left in the refrigerator for anything else. Oh yes, it was on. We had plenty of desserts to go around.
One of the recipes that I did not get a chance to make last Thanksgiving was my Apple Pie Cake with Apple Cider Glaze. It truly is the best!
The reason why I didn’t make it last Thanksgiving was because I asked my mom this question. I said, “mom, what is that one dessert that you haven’t had in a long time that you would like to have.” I wanted to make something that was just for her to enjoy and even perhaps, her own special desserts that she made or no longer can make. Do you know what she said? She asked for Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding. I smiled because I had no idea how to make this classic dessert. So do you know what I did? I did what many of us do, I jumped on the internet and googled it. Ha-ha. You know what, if my mom wants Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding on Thanksgiving she will get it.
Needless to say, the bread pudding came out so delicious. -And of course, she enjoyed it. So as Thanksgiving is approaching, I wanted to share with my readers that one recipe that I wanted to make last Thanksgiving as it now becomes a staple of must-have apple recipes for the dessert table.
Having an apple pie on Thanksgiving is a staple in most households. It’s the most desired dessert during the holiday season. I mean you can not go wrong. Most of the time, it’s the first pie to go especially if it’s topped with whipped cream. So heavenly!
But this time around, I wanted to incorporate an apple pie in a cake form. I am so glad that I did because look out, this is one amazing bundt cake.
So let’s get started.
For this cake recipe, you will need a few ingredients.
First, you will need:
- Apple cider
- Apples (Chopped)
- Apple Pie Spice, Unsalted Butter, Granulated Sugar, Eggs
- Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Vanilla Extract
- Buttermilk, and Kosher Salt.
Begin by preheating your oven to 300°
In a large bowl, beat your sugar and 3/4 cup of butter with a mixer on medium speed until mixture is fluffy. About four minutes. Stop to scrape the sides of the bowl as beating. Add one egg at a time, continue to beat well after each egg. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking, powder, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
Grab your bundt pan and coat with butter. Sprinkle and cover the bottom with flour. Remove any excess flour.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add and melt two tablespoons of butter with chopped apple pieces. Cook lightly until apples are lightly brown and tender. About five-six minutes. Add apple cider and simmer until liquid has evaporated and apples have soaked in the cider. Let your mixture cool completely.
Slowly add your flour mixture to your butter mixture. Add your buttermilk in the beginning then at the end of your flour mixture. Combine your apple mixture and vanilla. Blend well together with a spoon.
Start to scoop your apple pie cake mixture into your baking pan. Bake for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Once your apple pie cake has completely cooled, it’s time to make the Apple Cider Glaze.
For the Apple Cider Glaze you will need:
- Heavy Whipped Cream
- Confectioners’ Sugar
- Apple Cider
- Unsalted Butter (Melted)
- Granola Crumbles
In a small saucepan, bring apple cider to a boil over medium heat. Boil until cider reduces to 1/4 cup. About 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely to room temperature.
In a medium bowl whisk together confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, butter, and cider.
The best way to drizzle the glaze is in a frosting squeeze bottle. Not only does it help you maintain the mess as your drizzling, but it gives your cake an equal amount of glaze covering. You can find these squeeze bottles on Amazon for a fair price.
Now doesn’t my Apple Pie Cake look amazing?
Trust me, your family and friends will be singing from the rooftops when they get a taste of this moist apple pie cake. From the tender apple pieces to the apple pie seasoning, this cake will have you craving another piece. It’s so delightful and oodles of fun to bake too!
So tell me, what are some of our favorite desserts to make during Thanksgiving?