Blame it on these crisp autumn days, but lately I’ve been in the mood to bake. There’s just something about the way the sweet smell of something good beckons from the oven that makes your whole kitchen feel cozier, inviting you to curl up with a hot mug of coffee on a Sunday morning as you await the ring of the timer. I have always preferred baking over cooking for precisely this reason, baking invites comfort and closeness, a calm washes over me as I arrange and measure ingredients, the soft hum of the radio coaxing me through steps and technique. A formula to be solved, and the solution is delicious.
Baking (and fine, cooking too)… it’s the fastest way to change the dynamic in a home. Cook together, bake alone with some good music, rise early and make something special for yourself on a sunny weekend morning. However you do it, I can guarantee the experience will leave you feeling nourished, body and soul wanting more. This past weekend I found myself obsessed with the idea of making something — anything — with apples. I had a few rolling around in the drawer of my refrigerator that were just begging to be transformed, so I created this simple grain-free upside down cake.
Perfect for breakfast or dessert, this autumnal treat didn’t last long in my home, and I hope you enjoy it just as much:
Grain-Free Apple Upside-down Cake
2 tbs coconut oil or ghee
1 large apple, sliced thinly
1 handful of chopped pecans
2 tbs unsweetened dried coconut flake
1/2 cup + 1 tbs maple syrup
3 tbs almond milk
1/3 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup coconut flour
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Use the oil or ghee to generously grease bottom and sides of the cake pan. Arrange the thinly sliced apples in the bottom of the cake pan so they’re slightly overlapped.
Top the apples with the pecans, coconut flake, 1 tbs of the maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl, folding in the coconut flour last. Stir until just combined with no lumps. Gently spread the batter evenly over the apples using an offset spatula.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I hope you enjoy it!