Apple Strudel

One of our favorite recipes out of the Food & Wine Festival cook book is the Apple Strudel. It is also one of my dad’s favorite desserts. In honor of the Oktoberfest they had in my city this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to make today. It was …

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter Everyone! I had a big crew for dinner today and we ate way too much food. Below are a few things from the dinner. Easter Fruit Bunny – Compliments to my Sous Chef Samantha for putting the bunny together! Ingredients: 1 pineapple 1 pear 3 kiwi 18 oz …

Mini Apple Cranberry Loaves

I am not even going to pretend I made this recipe, we can call it Saturdays with Debbie. We found this magazine in the HGTV Magazine and both thought it would be a good one and she has been wanting to make it since. Recipe below. Ingredients: 2 apples 1 …

Irish Apple Cake

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, I give you the very delicious Irish Apple Cake. It was actually super easy to make and between my mom’s pantry and my pantry, I didn’t have to go out and buy any ingredients. Basically, that is a win in itself! I guess since I used some of her ingredients, I should share the finished product. They said it was very good, so that means you all should try it! It has a bit of a shortbread taste to it and that is a great combination with applesauce. I recommend serving it warm and maybe with some ice cream.

I got this recipe off of


Makes 1 9×9-inch cake. I used an 8×8 pan and it worked out just fine.
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 lemon, zest grated
  • 1 3/4 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease baking pan.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Beat in egg yolks, butter, and lemon zest until dough is thoroughly mixed. It will be crumbly.
  5. Mix applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves together in a small bowl.
  6. Press half the dough into the prepared baking pan; spread applesauce mixture over dough in a layer. Top with remaining dough.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cake is browned, 40 to 45 minutes.


Irish Apple Cake(I think using the smaller pan, I put too much crust at the bottom. The crust to applesauce ratio is off, but I was never good at math. With the 9×9 pan, you probably wouldn’t have this problem.)


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!