I’ve had budgets on my mind lately. As a single-income family, tightening our financial belt is a necessity and I’ve been reviewing our expenditures. Food is a huge expense, and when I saw this on Pinterest, I couldn’t believe that a family of six could eat on $350 per month. I was inspired and intimidated. That’s a lot of planning, friends. This woman should be running our country with that kind of organizational skills.
This is somewhat connected to the apple cake I baked, because I figured that for what a slice would cost at a lovely bakery, I was able to make an entire cake. I’ve obviously fallen off the less-sugar wagon. And though I might be deficient in calorie-saving, I am proud of my penny-saving.
Erin commented that Pink Lady apples are yummy some time ago and I had never tried them, but knew that you can always count on a pastry chef to steer you in the right direction when it comes to sweet things. I believe she called them “poor man’s honeycrisps” and being on the poor side of the socioeconomic hierarchy (though my fabric collection may make you think otherwise), they sounded right up my alley. I got several pounds’ worth and loved them. We ate a bunch, but I still had a few left over and thought I should bake something.
I asked K if she would like an apple tart and she said, “Actually, I would prefer apple cake. That would be lovely.” The girl has never had apple cake, as far as I know, but I had to agree that it sounded awfully delicious. And yes, she really talks like that. My favorite apple tart recipe is from Orangette, and I did a quick search to see if she had apple cake in her arsenal as well. Bingo. That Molly, she’s good.
I urge you to read her post to understand how truly mouth-watering this cake is. Her description is spot-on, and because I used a sweeter apple, I reduced the sugar amount by a 1/4 cup and it’s perfect. I can’t wait to have another slice for breakfast tomorrow. Yum.
P.S. We postponed the server upgrade. Again. Oh well.