I have been looking for new baking adventures for some time now. As summer rushed by us (Maine summers are always too short, but this one was particularly so) it was hard to find time to slow down enough to bake.
But now fall is here- my favorite season! I love fall in Maine, and not only because I love the crisp cool days, the changing leaves, and warm snugly sweaters (I do love all those things!) but also because I LOVE baking in the fall.
A few days ago my sweet man and I were watching TV and an ad came on for Truvia’s new baking blend. Truvia makes an all natural, low calorie, sweetener, which is made from the the leaves of the Stevia plant. They also make two types of baking blends, to be used in place of white sugar or brown sugar. These baking blends are great for baking sweet treats, and are 75% less calories per cup than sugar! Can you say guilt free holiday season!?!
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, Truvia is holding a baking Star contest and has put out a challenge to create a short, 2 minute video, showing a recipe using Truvia baking blend. What is a better way to start the fall baking season off than with a baking challenge?!?
First step in tackling this challenge was to pick out a recipe and try it out. Fall has such great flavors of sweetness, molasses, and spices. I also really like baking anything with fruits or veggies. Since we just had the Jewish New Years, and Maine is such a great state to go apple picking, I had decided to create my own recipe for an Apple Honey Bundt cake using Truvia baking blend.
I had to develop a recipe and test it before shooting my baking video, so decided to bake a test cake and take it into work for some feedback. While I am working on developing my recipe, my sweet man was working on getting the equipment needed to shoot my very first baking video. Being the biggest fan of my baking, he is taking his role as technical director very seriously!
Apple Honey Bunt Cake:
You will need:
A food processor for shredding apples
Bundt pan (you can also bake this recipe in two loaf pans or as muffins).
1 Cup oil
3/4 Cup honey (I always try to use locally produced honey if I can find it- GO BEES!)
3/4 Truvia baking blend
1 Tsp vanilla
3 Cups all purpose flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp cinnamon
1/4 Tsp nutmeg
3 Medium apples, cored and shredded. (I like to use Granny Smith apples, they add tartness and acidity to the recipe as well as lots of moisture. You are welcome to use any apple you like, but know that this will affect the flavor of the cake).
Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top of cake.
Start by mixing the eggs so they are blended well. Add the oil, honey, Truvia and vanilla. Mix everything together. Once mixed, add the flour, leaveners and spices. Take your bowl off the mixer and fold in the shredded apples. Spread into bundt pan, which has been sprayed with non stick spray, and smooth the top of the cake. Make sure to tap the cake on the counter lightly to make sure there are no air pockets. Bake at 325 for about an hour or until the cake had golden brown color, and starts pulling away from sides of pan.
Another way to test the cake is to insert a toothpick (or skewer) into the thickest part of the cake and make sure it comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for about 10-20 minutes before trying to flip it over- you don’t want it to break on you!
And there you have it! Sprinkle with some powered sugar, or if you feel extra festive you can make a sugar glaze to decorate your cake.
The feedback I got in the office (and at home) was that the cake tasted great, and was very moist. Plus nothing beats the richness and depth that honey can add to a cake.
Next step is shooting the video! I am excited and nervous. All I can hope for is that I have watched enough hours of Food Network to be able to channel my inner Food Network host!
Oh, and I almost forgot;
Shana Tova v’Metoka to everyone!!!