Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

German Apple Cake


Fall is just about over in New England. It's a little sad, since it is my favourite season, but at the same time, there's nothing like a New England winter. It's cold and quiet and makes everything seem more cozy. Of course, if you asked Andy, he would say that winter is the worst up here, if only because he has genes from southern Italy. Winter makes him a crotchety old man. And though every winter he loathes to hear me say it, I love this season too.

But, with the end of fall and the first snow (today, of all days!), all I want is apples. Apple cider, apple pie, apple tart - you name it, I've baked it. This apple cake, adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking, is light and tasty and absolutely perfect for breakfast, provided that you are one of those cake-for-breakfast type people, which I obviously am.

This is a great one for the holidays, as it fulfills all the necessary components: fat, sugar, apples, cinnamon. Bam! All in one cake.
For the cake:

3 apples 
1/2 cup vegan butter 
1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce 
2 tbsp soy milk 
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp artificial caramel extract (if desired)
1 1/2 cups ap flour
2 tsps ground cinnamon 
2 1/2 tsp baking powder

For the topping:
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves

For the caramel sauce:

1 1/4 c sugar
3/4 c water
1 tsp vanilla
dash cinnamon
1 tsp artificial caramel extract

Cream together butter and sugar. Add in applesauce, soy milk, cinnamon, and vanilla, mixing well after each addition.

Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Line a pie pan with a circle of parchment paper to keep the cake from sticking. Pour in the batter and spread lightly.

Peel, core and slice 3 Macintosh apples and boil for 2-3 minutes (for more apple delectability, boil in 1 part water, 1 part spiced apple cider). Remove them from heat and strain them, and add them onto your cake in a circular pattern.

Combine all the topping ingredients and sprinkle on the cake. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

While its baking, you can make the caramel sauce. Bring the sugar and water to a boil, then reduce to medium to simmer. Add in cinnamon and extracts. Cook until mixture is gooey and thick, and allow to cool. Drizzle over the cooled apple cake once its done.


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