Don't let Autumn pass on by without baking this unbelievely chunky and moist apple cake. Grab your kids and BAKE THIS CAKE!It’s mid-October. And it's about time we get down to it, wouldn’t you say? Although, I've procrastinated turning on my oven due to the sweltering 30°C heat here I can wait no more. I'm ready for Autumn. I'm ready for roasting vegetables, peeling apples, and eating whole lot of comfort food.
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And in my opinion Autumn can't be celebrated without lots of apples, pomegranates, pears and pumpkins. Summer's delicate, tart and juicy strawberries, apricots cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines have long been left behind with a promise to come back next year. More sturdy and substantial fruits of Autumn rule the marketplace now. Of course, it's still hotter than you know what here in Algeria ... nevermind that though ... let's do some baking FINALLY! It is mid-October afterall!
This past weekend, after making my trek back home after a morning of shopping, I though I couldn't let Autumn just pass me by, without event baking an apple cake. I wanted some simple and sweet ... so I rounded up my three youngest children and we made this Simple and Sweet Spiced Apple Yogurt Cake.
My Simple and Sweet Spiced Apple Yogurt Cake is based on an old French classic "Gâteau au Yaourt" or cake with yogurt. It's the sort of humble treat that a grandmother would lovingly make with her grandchildren as an after school treat. It's my go-to cake recipe that I make with my kids like ALL THE TIME. Traditionally, the ingredients are measured in a yogurt pot, that holds about 125 ml that's about 4.4 oz if you're using American measures. It's a cake that most young French children learn to because it's so easy to measure out the ingredients. If you don't have the 125ml - 4.4 oz single serving yogurt container at home, no worries you can use a 125ml or ½ cup measuring cup or even coffee mug as your measure. I've used vanilla flavored yogurt. You can use plain or even another flavor. It's a really forgiving cake recipe so no need to bother with prefection.
This recipe is also great since it's a Montessori inspired transitional baking project to do with your children. It teaches them indepedence. And you know indepedence isn't something we can teach our kids through graphs and charts. It's something we live. It becomes a part of their being. But it's not just about independence though, being involved in their own food preparation is also about self pride and confidence, empowerment, practical life skills and knowledge. With this recipe they're apart of the process: peeling, scooping, cutting, opening packets, measuring, as well as lessons on being courtesy, helping each other, cleaning up and having patience. Honestly, all I did for this recipe was basically talk my 6, 4 and 2 year olds through the process. They all peeled, cored and cut the apples. Then one did the measuring. One did the dumping. And finally one did the stirring. I just sat back letting them do their own thing. No bickering, fighting, or over monopolizing the tasks at hand. All they worked in blissful and almost prefect harmony. It's was such a pleasure to watch my little busy bees at work. My only job here was lighting the oven and the handling of the cake in and out of the oven.
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And although their measurements weren't prefect the cake turned out delicious. We throughtly enjoyed the cake, and it made for a totally awesome and mostly independent Montessori style early baking experience. I totally want you all to try this recipe out today!
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