My version of Chef Billy Parisi’s Apple Cake


Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel

This looked so fabulous to me this morning, so I decided I would give it a try. As I began to gather the ingredients, I realized this was going to be a typical Deana baking fiasco.

I love to cook, I just don’t like to shop. When I want to make something, and I am missing a few ingredients, I scour my cupboards and frig for substitutions that will suffice. Sometimes (most times) I add extra things that I like. Once in a while it works, and today was no exception. Billy‘s recipe calls for sour cream, of which I had none, so I pulled out my last lemon cream pie yogurt. Have you seen the prices on Honey Crisp Apples?  Highway robbery! 2 Gala’s and 1 Granny Smith would have to do. I didn’t have Almond meal for the streusel, but I did have Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Flax seed meal, and thought the nutty favor would be perfect.


I had planned on making a batch of granola today, but I didn’t have enough oats for that so the whole oats, shredded coconut and pecan halves all went into the streusel instead.


I always have self-rising flour in stock, so I used that in place of the all purpose four and baking powder. I left the salt out too, since I had bought salted butter to make rice krispies treats. The batter came out so rich and creamy!


I greased the cast iron dutch oven with coconut oil, and spooned the thick batter into the pot. I had the streusel ready, and crumbled it over the top, completely covering the batter.


I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes before I checked the batter, and it was not done. i put 10 more minutes on the timer and checked it again, still not done, but after another 10 minutes, I took it out and let it rest on the stove. For that final 20 minutes, I  put my flat cast iron skillet under the dutch over,  because I was worried that the bottom would over cook.


It turned out perfect, I was a little surprised, actually. The topping was perfectly toasted and crunchy & delicious. The bread of the cake was so moist and soft and perfectly cooked. the bottom was not burned! Yeah 🙂 It turned out so good! The one thing I didn’t make was the caramel drizzle and I didn’t have ice cream, but it was still delicious, and there’s lots left and the weekend’s not over yet 😉


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This cake is definitely Holiday Gift-Worthy. Make up the caramel sauce, and put it n a pretty little jar with a ribbon and the recipe on a card. Viola! Merry Christmas ❤


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