The events of the last month have been beyond heavy. It’s left us feeling angry, sad, confused and helpless. Nevertheless, time persists and the holiday season draws near. In the midst of a world seemingly unraveling, should we maintain routine? How do we navigate challenging times like these?
Above all, we must prioritize love and connection. We must love and connect with our neighbors and friends and we must also find a way to embrace those who are different from us.
Love and connection doesn't always require grand gestures; small, genuine acts can also make a meaningful impact. Whether it’s a simple meal with friends, getting to know someone better over a cup of coffee, or dropping off something delicious to a neighbor, the sincere intention to share and connect remains of utmost importance.
Gathering and celebrating even amidst difficulties, brings joy, and cultivates a sense of unity, shared purpose and optimism. These traditions are pivotal for the resilience and well-being of both individuals and communities, guiding them through adversity and reminding them of the importance of human connection.
We believe in the power of food to show love and bring people together. In sharing this special apple cake with you, our hope is that it becomes a symbol of togetherness, a catalyst for meaningful connections, and a reminder of the joy that arises when we break bread with those around us. May baking it be a celebration of the love and unity that food, in its essence, has the extraordinary ability to foster.
- to be shared
1 1/3 cups gluten-free 1:1 baking flour (we like King Arthurs)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup cane sugar (or coconut sugar)
1 cup, approximately 1 large red apple, very thinly sliced
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup cocojune plain yogurt
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon dairy free butter (myokos), melted
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Lightly grease an 8-inch cake pan with avocado oil and cut a round piece of parchment paper to line the bottom
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and granulated sugar. Add the thinly sliced apple and stir briefly to combine.
Slice apple very thin, a mandolin works best here - then roughly chop (alternatively you could use the same amount of grated apple)
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, avocado oil, and yogurt until smooth.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently mix until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan (it will be on the thicker side - spread evenly)
Make the cinnamon topping by combining the cinnamon, coconut sugar, melted butter, and a pinch of salt.
Mix together until the mixture becomes wet.
Sprinkle the cinnamon topping evenly over the top of the cake batter.
Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until it turns golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.