Sunday, October 03, 2004

Apple Dumpling Cake

Apple Dumpling Cake

Cloudy Sunday afternoon. Not too depressing, but not really exciting, either. Feeling sort of heavy (from drinking beer last night?), and being a little worried about the work on Monday…..
It’s not my favorite kind of Sunday afternoon, but I just can’t avoid it. When in such a mood, I need something ….. something like the sweet smell of apple and cinnamon. OK. My inner child ordered me to make Apple Dumpling Cake.

This recipe is originally from, I believe, a cookbook called "Southern Sideboards." I don’t have this book, but I got this recipe from this site last spring, and since then this has been one of my top 5 cake recipes. It’s not just because I like the taste of this cake. The site says that the author of the book is Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi, and that’s where I visited many times in the past to see my good friends.

When I make this apple dumpling cake, I use about 2/3 of the amount of sugar written in the recipe and use white sugar instead of brown sugar. I may add 2 or 3 teaspoonful of brown sugar if available. Today I put chopped apples a little more than this recipe called for, and it worked fine. I don’t have a square cake pan at the moment, so I use this (again, from the 100-yen shop, cost 200-yen, though.)

No! I'm not such a big eater!

Believe me, I didn't eat that much at one time. To take this photo, I just took out some slices that didn't look good and kept them on another plate.

Talking about Jackson, Miss., I wonder if anyone is familiar with a movie called “John John in the Sky.”

Pamphlet of "john john in the sky"
(C)1999 john john in the sky production

This came to a small movie theater in my town about 5 years ago. I didn’t think it was a big hit, but it was a nice heart-warming story, filmed in a small town near Jackson, Mississippi.


elna said...

I stumbled across your blog today. I love Japanese food and find your blog interesting! I lived in Tokyo for a year and two years in Okinawa as a graduate student. I love it there! Would you mind posting the recipe of this apple dumpling cake? Thanks a lot. Elna Smith, London England

obachan said...

Hi elna,

Welcome to my site! So you must have tried many local foods in Okinawa. Lucky you!
About the recipe… click on the link (the underlined part that says “this site” in the post, just below the “Southern Sideboards.”) That’s the recipe I use for making this cake. If you have trouble accessing the site, let me know.