Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

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I’ve been thinking about this cake for over 3 months, ever since Thanksgiving. I had a large bounty of apples that I’d picked up from the Farmer’s Market and was looking for desserts to make. And Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect opportunity because I can usually make a few different desserts!

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For the last few years, the boyfriend and I have been hosting a left-behind Thanksgiving dinner, but since we had plans with his family last year, we hosted a Secondsgiving over the following weekend. Usually, I take care of the turkey and the desserts, which are my two favourite parts. But last year, other friends who host a left-behind dinner bought over all their leftover dessert… So I didn’t need to bake anything!

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While I had mixed feelings about not being able to make all the desserts, it was a nice change of pace to be able to focus on savories and sides. But then I never got the chance to make the Caramel Apple Upside-down Cake! After 3 months, I finally found the right time!

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The cake starts with a layer of sliced apples coated in a quick caramel sauce. A fluffy cinnamon cake is baked on top of the apples, and the whole thing is inverted onto a serving platter. The caramel cooks the apples and creates a gooey layer on top of the cake, with a light caramel taste. To boost the caramel flavor, serve the cake with extra caramel sauce!

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One thing to note when baking this cake is to use extra-wide aluminum foil to cover the bottom of your springform pan, and place a large cookie sheet on the rack below the cake. Springform pans have a tendency to leak slightly, so you’ll want the pan there to catch any drippings! Otherwise, you’ll panic when smoke starts pouring out of your oven, like I did… 😛

Click below for the recipe. If you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments. And thanks for reading! Enjoy! 🙂

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Banana-Blueberry Muffins

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It’s kind of serendipitous that I’m posting a banana recipe today. Yesterday, I submitted my recipe for Banana Blondies to Serious Eats’ “Share Your Sweets” weekly column. And since looking back on that recipe, I can’t get those Blondies out of my head! (Mostly because they would be so perfect right now to invoke the feeling of Spring and shake off this cold and dreary winter.)

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As I’d confessed in my Blondies post, I’m a banana hoarder. I love bananas, but there’s a small window in which I’ll eat them before they end up in the “banana wasteland”. Then I save them for baking. Because of my banana surplus, I’ve come up with a few really good recipes over last few years. And now I have one more to add to the list!

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I threw together these muffins on a whim last week, when I had a jar of mashed banana and a quart of blueberries in the fridge and a hankering for blueberry muffins. And they turned out okay… The flavor was there, but they were dense and chewy. So I went back to the recipe I scribbled out and tweaked a few things.

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And the result was a perfect muffin: not too sweet, fluffy but substantial, and loaded with blueberries. They’re also pretty low in fat (with only a small amount coming from sour cream) and egg-free. You can also make them dairy-free by using vegan sour cream (made with tofu) or soy yoghurt!

Click below for the recipe. If you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments. And thanks for reading! Enjoy! 🙂

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Carrot-Raisin Muffins

Carrot-Raisin Muffins

Last week, with some leftover carrots, I decided to bake up some carrot-raisin muffins.  Along with blueberry muffins, carrot-raisin muffins tie as my favorite!

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To me, carrot-raisin muffins are always an interesting balance. I want a muffin that’s sweet and dense, but not too oily or too much like carrot cake. While I love carrot cake, eating it for breakfast usually feels like a bad choice… 😉

These muffins include both all-purpose and whole-wheat flour. The whole wheat flour gives them a little boost of extra nutrients and makes them dense without feeling too heavy.

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Click below for the recipe! Have a question? Feel free to ask in the comments. And thanks for reading! 🙂

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Mixed-Berry Coffeecake Muffins

And they’re low-fat!!

Lately, my coworkers have been giving me a hard time about always bringing in cupcakes and cookies and other sweet things. (I know, who’d really complain about that?!)  Usually, about half of my blog posts end up at work. Since we’re a pretty small office, my coworkers keep accusing me of trying to fatten them up. And my boyfriend keeps joking that I’m going to put him in to a diabetic coma from all the sweet things lying around my house…

So I decided to make some mixed-berry muffins! Luckily, summer means that berries are in season, so I picked up some fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries from my local grocery store. I folded the berries in to a very tasty coffeecake muffin recipe that I lightened up using applesauce and low-fat sour cream. But they’re so delicate and fruity that you’d never know that they were low-fat! 🙂

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