Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Apples

Much of the apple crop around here was destroyed this past spring due to early warm weather, which led to early blossoming.  A hard frost killed the blossoms, and the orchards really took a hit.  My front yard apple tree survived, though, and now it is harvest time.

I am re-reading the Little House on the Prairie books right now.  It's been many years since I've done that.  I read some of the books to my children when they were younger, but my son lost interest, and my daughter was keen to read them on her own.  My urge to read them now was sparked earlier this summer when I read the scholarly book Little House, Long Shadow, by Anita Clair Fellman.

I have a lot of thoughts swirling in my head about that book and my current re-reading of the series, but I'll save all that for another post, because today I am making Apple Upside-Down Cake, using Laura's very own recipe from The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook.  These aren't recipes from the series; these are recipes that Laura used as a married, farming woman when she lived on her orchard and dairy farm in the Ozarks of Missouri.  My cake is in the oven right now, smelling delicious.  I am a little bit apprehensive about inverting it out onto a plate, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

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ETA: The cake came out beautifully!  See it here.