|Gooey Caramel Apple Cake|
|Beef Barley Soup|
Today is better. I am dressed and up and at 'em as my Mother would say. I have on the stove the starts of a comforting and easy meal of Beef Barley Soup and a fresh apple cake recipe I have adapted from, yourhomebasedmom.com. My version I am calling Gooey Caramel Apple Cake. I want to add that there is something that is very healing in barley. Unfortunately I am unable to recall just what it is but in my current condition I think it a good plan to get some going!
Ingredients for Gooey Caramel Apple Cake:
4 cups loosely packed shredded peeled and cored cooking apples
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C.sugar
1/2 C. oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9" x 13" baking dish and set aside.
Stir together in another bowl:
2 C. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon (I prefer Vietnamese Cinnamon.)
1/2 t. nutmeg (Freshly grated is the best, about 1/2 of a medium nutmeg.)
Add the dry ingredients to the apple mixture and stir well until everything is moistened and combined. Pour and spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes and test the center of the cake for doneness. Should be moist but not runny. Remove from the oven and cool.
1 C. butter
1 C. evaporated milk or cream
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. sugar
1 T. pure vanilla Extract.
2 pounds of cubed stewing meat
1-2 ham hocks or soup bones
10 C. water
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
Combine all of the above ingredients in a large soup kettle and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 2-3 hours until the beef is tender. Skim the broth if needed.
1/2 C. barley
1 diced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2 stalks of celery sliced
2-3 carrots sliced
4 turnips peeled and diced, optional
pinch of red pepper flakes
3-4 bullion cubes of granulated beef stock as needed to fortify the flavor of the stock, optional
Stir the above ingredients into the beef and stock and simmer until the vegetables are tender and the barley is cooked, about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. At this time you may also wish to fortify the stock with bullion.
Serve pipping hot. Yield 6-8 servings.
Note: I would not hesitate to place all of these ingredients in a slow cooker and leave for the day. It would be fine. I would set the temperature on low for all day. I would never set it on high and leave the house.