Ahh, my first free day from work. I expected to have a million things queued up to make, but this morning, I puttered around a bit trying to figure out something interesting to make. It’s not every day you have as much time as you want to do something creative for breakfast.
In addition to not having a plan, I also didn’t have a lot of ingredients. I decided to combine pantry items with fresh fruit…the only fruit being apples and bananas. I’ve done bananas a few times, so I turned my attention to the apples. I recently made that quick apple topping, so I chose to do something different…something…baked?
I crossed my fingers as I put everything together and pushed my creation into the oven. As the timer ticked by, I kept expecting to pull a monster mixture or raw dough or who knows what.
To my surprise, the end result was not only edible, but it tasted pretty good, too!
Individual Apple Breakfast Cakes
Traditional cake lovers may hate this recipe. Personally, I don’t really like cakes that are so sweet they give you headaches when you eat them, so this recipe has a lot less sugar than most cakes. This cake is also lacking in the butter department, so it’s not as rich-tasting but still has a nice fluffy texture. If you like richer, sweeter cakes, you may want to up the sugar and butter amounts, though I’m not sure how that would affect the texture. To make extra healthy, try subbing whole grain flours.
Serves 2, makes 4 individual cups
- 1/2 apple, chopped small (I left skins on for nutrition, but you may get a smoother texture if you remove them)
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon, another 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup milk or non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg or flaxseed egg
- 2 tbsp butter, softened, but not melted
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- sliced almonds, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare 4 cups of a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
- Combine apple, water, maple syrup, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon in a small pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or till apples are tender. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Whisk/stir in milk, egg, and vanilla till combined.
- Stir wet mixture into dry mixture until just combined, careful to not overmix.
- Fill bottom half of 4 cups in a prepared muffin tin with cake mixture. Use finger to smooth to cover bottom. Batter will be a bit thick.
- Evenly distribute cooked apples into the 4 muffin cups.
- Evenly distribute the rest of the cake batter over the apples. Smooth/spread as needed.
- If you’re using a nut topping, add that to the top.
- Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
After breakfast, I worked on some stuff around the house and then met up with Michelle at the mall to get my Christmas shopping. Somehow, I’ve waited till the last minute to buy…all my Christmas presents. Oy vay!
Here are some photos from our shopping adventure…ok just the food. 😆 Excuse the crappy iPhone photos.
We first stopped by Banana Republic where they had an extra 40% off sale items till 2pm. I used to love clothes shopping, but since getting the house about a year ago, I’ve cut waaaay back. I’ve been able to restrain myself from buying lot of clothes…till today. But hey, I’ve worked hard this year, so I think I’ve earned a little shopping spree. Especially considering the fab deals I was getting!
After BR, Michelle and I broke for lunch at Blynk – the organic food place at the mall. Thank goodness for Blynk!
I had a half simple turkey sandwich and white bean soup with water. This was way better than your typical food court fare. I loved the soup especially.
Then, it was back to the races!
We met up with Jen for the last half of the shopping day.
Michelle, Jen and I hit up California Pizza Kitchen for dinner.
We split this field green salad 3 ways. Loved this – from the walnuts to the dressing.
And I got the BBQ Chicken Pizza for the main event. I saved half for hubby, which he enjoyed when I got home.
We ended up spending almost an entire day at the mall, but I’m happy to report that my Christmas shopping is DONE-ZO! I have a couple wee items to pick up, but the main event is over. Phew! We really did the whole “shop till you drop” thing. I guess that’s the price you pay when you wait till the last minute to go shopping.
I was really dreading Christmas shopping this year (the crowds, the craziness!) but it was sooo much better with friends! I actually had a blast!
Do you like Christmas/holiday shopping or do you dread it?