Saturday, May 15, 2010

applesauce cake. and coffee with grammy...

Earlier: 10:11am
Coffee with Gram.

Mom shuts the back door behind her and Lyd, the last ones out of the house for the bike ride that everyone else is going on.
Gram smiles. What are they trying to do, knock the house down?
I laugh. She does too.
Guess what, Gram? It’s just you and me now. We’re gonna have fun.
We laugh again.
Her eyes sparkle.
She just got finished with vanilla yogurt and a sliced banana. I dare say that did the trick. She was tired earlier, but now she’s perky and teasing.
I love it. 

Here. Hold it with both hands so it’s steady, ‘kay?
I help position her hands, and her eyes light up as the left hand she hardly uses curls around the warmth of the cup. Ohhh, that’s warm on that side, she says gleefully. 
There’s no other word for it, folks. It was just…gleeful.

Random fact, I’m really liking this series by Tracey Bateman. This next one, #2, the girl Dancy works at a coffee shop. (the name of the series would normally put me off from reading them, as I'm not very into chick-lit, but they're better than their covers suggest;)
And you know how I like that;)
Well. I’m off to switch the loads of laundry. It’s time mine gets done.

Applesauce cake
1 c flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 egg
¼ c cooking oil
1/3 c sugar
¼ tsp baking soda
½ c applesauce
½ tsp vanilla

8x8x2 pan

We make this version for a 9x13 pan:
4 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1 c cooking oil, or butter
1 to 1 1/3 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 c applesauce
2 tsp vanilla

Topping (adjusted for larger batch):
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 TBSP butter
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Mix together the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon from the topping ingredients until crumbly.
Add nuts. Stir to mix. Set aside. Mix dry ingredients together, add well-beaten egg, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Pour batter into well greased pan. Sprinkle topping over batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes @ 350.
Delicious for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.


LeAnna said...

Love your memories with Grammy, so glad you get this time with her. Thank you SOOOO much for the applesauce cake recipe. I like how you included it was perfect for breakfast, haha. :) I would so eat it for breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

heather said...

Glad grammy is having a good day. Wrote down the recipe for applesauce cake. Love recipes that use very basic ingredients like this. Maybe paired w/french vanilla coffee...mmmm. :)

Casey said...

My parents were really young when I was born, so I am very close to my grandparents. I really consider my grandma to be one of my best friends, she's a wonderful person. She taught me "you don't have to be blood to be family" and she is the most giving person on Earth.

It's so nice to see other people spending time with their grandparents, they are special & they won't be here forever....

The Paper Mama said...

Mmmmmm! Can you come make this for me? ;) What a nice day with Grammy!

J.J. said...

that looks yummy! I miss my Grandmother. :) Glad you have a lovely time!

Chana said...

YUMMY!! Lovely post! Your grammy is so cute! What wonderful memories you are making with her!