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EASY SPICED APPLE CAKE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay


Apple Spice Cake is a deliciously, moist cake made with fresh apples, applesauce, a blend of perfect spices topped with a caramel glaze! Lovely apple cake perfect for Fall baking.

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Hey there! Sarah from Feeding Your Fam bringing you this tasty recipe for Apple Spice Cake.

This Apple Spice Bundt Cake Recipe is one of those that has been in my recipe archive for years!! Once you make this, you will want it year round, and that’s totally fine, don’t just save this for Fall, it is perfect any time of year! It is so moist and irresistible, you will want to sit and it the whole thing yourself!

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Ingredients Needed for Apple Cake

To make this Apple Spice Cake you will need a few basic ingredients, things you probably already have sitting in your pantry!

To make this simple Apple Spice Cake you will need:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • applesauce
  • flour
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • allspice
  • soda
  • salt
  • chopped apples
  • pecans

drizzling caramel sauce on apple spice bundt cake

How to Make Apple Spice Bundt Cake

Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Prepare pan by spraying with cooking spray or greasing with butter.

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, spices, soda and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients until well blended.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar one cup at a time until well incorporated. To this mixture add in the applesauce and mix on medium until all the applesauce is blended into the cake batter.

apple spice cake batter

Peel and slice the apple into small, bite sized pieces. Try to slice the apples into pieces that are equally sized so they will all cook through. Fold the apple slices into the apple spice cake batter.

For the pecan pieces, you can buy pieces that have already been chopped or, if you are using whole pecans, slice them into small pieces using a sharp knife. Fold into the batter.

pouring apple spice cake batter into a bundt pan

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. If you do not have a bundt pan, this cake can be made in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Place the cake in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

When the cake is done cooking, place a plate over the top of the bundt pan and turn it upside down to remove the cake from the pan.

Drizzle with warm Caramel Sauce.

caramel sauce in a sauce pan

How to Make Homemade Caramel Glaze

The caramel glaze is simple to make and only takes a few simple ingredients. You can make the sauce while the cake is baking in the oven so it is ready to drizzle on the warm cake.

To make the Caramel Sauce you will need:

  • butter
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • heavy cream
  • vanilla

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the sweetened condensed milk and cream. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce has turned a golden brown color. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. With a spoon, drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of the Apple Bundt Cake.

apple spice cake with caramel frosting on a white plate

What type of Apples are best for Apple Bundt Cake?

For this Apple Cake recipe you can really use any type of apples that you prefer. For this recipe, I used Gala Apples. I think that add a little bit of sweetness to this cake.

Other varieties that would work good in this recipe are: Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Jonagold or Fuji. Just be sure you are not using mushy or soft apples, you want apples that are firm for this recipe because they will soften when cooked.

apple spice cake with caramel frosting on a white plate

Apple Spice Cake Recipe

Apple Spice Cake is a deliciously, moist cake made with fresh apples, applesauce, a blend of perfect spices topped with a caramel glaze! Lovely apple cake perfect for Fall baking. 

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Course: Cake, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: apple spice cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 20

Calories: 297kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped apples
  • 1 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)

Caramel Glaze ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

How to Make an Apple Spice Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a bundt pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.

  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until smooth.

  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the flour, spices, salt and soda. Add to the butter mixture one cup at a time, mixing after each cup.

  • To the batter add the applesauce and mix until well combined. Fold in the chopped apples and pecan pieces.

  • Pour into prepared pan and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  • Place a plate over the bundt pan and turn the pan upside down to remove the cake from the pan.

How to make Caramel Glaze

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.

  • Add in the sweetened condensed milk and cream and bring to a boil. Simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes until the caramel turns a golden color.

  • Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

  • Drizzle over the Apple Spice Bundt Cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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Easy General Tso Chicken | 101 Cooking For Two by Gordon Ramsay


Make this delicious lighter General Tso’s Chicken at home in only 30 minutes. Just follow these easy step by step photo instructions.
General Tso Chicken on white plate


Editor’s Note: Originally Published October 17, 2012. Updated with expanded details and options along with updated photos.

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Quick, easy, and tasty. My absolute favorite Chinese dish. This is now a weeknight 30-minute recipe. And as a bonus, this version is much healthier.

The Story

I have worked on this recipe for almost a month. Most recipes are easy, but the workflow and the taste of model recipes just didn’t work for me.

I started with an American Test Kitchen version that was an absolute disaster. Yes, I do have those. Over an hour of hard cooking, and I created the biggest mess I have ever made in the kitchen.

Plus we hated it, way too much vinegar and poor results overall. With that much work, it needs to be great. I was very disappointed. My wife was likewise unimpressed. It went to the garbage.

Several more recipes trials and it was starting to get really old. What others thought was great and wonderful just wasn’t. All had too much vinegar and too many unusual ingredients. Plus, they all took too much work for my “cooking for two” world.

Ultimately, I used a Martha Stewart recipe which was the inspiration for Lighter General Tso’s Chicken from Tracey’s Culinary Adventure. I used a little of both and simplified.

My Rating
My rating system. Great 5 out of 5


Yep, a five but a lower five. There is some room for improvement but not much. I will be doing this over and over.

Pro Tips: Recipe Notes for Easy General Tso’s Chicken

What is General Tso’s Chicken?

General Tso’s chicken is generally a sweet and somewhat spicy deep-fried chicken dish that is served in most North American Chinese restaurants.

It is not a traditional Chinese dish, although it is probably some basis in traditional Chinese fare. Most likely what we now know as General Tso’s Chicken originated in New York City in the 1970s, but there are lots of conflicting claims about who and where.

Wherever it started, it is now standard fare on almost every North American Chinese restaurant. And always one of the most popular dishes.

What Chicken to Use?

This is a “lighter” version so skinless boneless chicken breasts are my choice here but thighs will work fine.

If you use thighs, the cooking temperature should be to 180-185 instead of 165. This is a texture suggestion. Thighs are safe at 165, but you will like the texture much better at 180.

Coating and Cooking the Chicken

The chicken is coated with some egg white and corn starch than pan-fried. So healthier than deep-frying and easier at home

The Martha method of cooking the chicken is a little fussy with turning each little piece to brown over and over. Plus doing it in two batches. This involves standing there continuously for about 20 minutes.

I put it all in at once and stirred occasionally. A little of the coating came off (some even came off in the Martha method also), but most stayed on, and your sin is hidden by the sauce anyways.

The Sause

I don’t usually cook with things you may not have in your kitchen, but I did use Hoisin sauce which is commonly available and good to have around. It is worth buying just for this recipe but has many uses.

Ultimately, I took the vinegar out completely of the recipe. There is some vinegar in the Hoisin sauce, and that was enough.

I left in some dry ginger, but many recipes call for fresh ginger which I don’t usually have and we don’t really like. Adjust if you want.

A heat note. The red pepper is “to taste”. 1/4 teaspoon has minimal heat (1/10)  but some nice taste. 1/2 teaspoon is about what you would normally have in a restaurant (3/10) but 1 teaspoon is more for the heat lover (7/10).

I have more brown sugar in this than may be needed, and I will be cutting that down some in futures cookings. I really think it can cut in half without much effect.

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Easy Crock Pot Cashew Chicken

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ingredients for General Tso Chicken

The only “special” thing is Hoisin sauce. I’m now going to stock it in my refrigerator.

trimmed chicken breasts

Start by patting dry and trimming two skinless boneless chicken breast. Then cube into about 1-inch pieces.

mixing coating in white bowl

Heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet or a wok. Whisk together 2 egg whites or one whole egg, corn starch, salt, and pepper.

coat chicken with breading

Add chicken to the egg mixture and stir to coat.

browning chicken in pan

Shake excess coating off the chicken and add one piece at a time to the hot oil. You can be a perfectionist and do half turning them nicely for 8 to 10 minutes and repeat. OR put them all in and occasionally stir like lazy me for about 12-14 minutes. Be sure the internal temp gets to 165 by checking multiple pieces. Use 180 degrees as your endpoint if using thighs.

add sauce to pan

While the chicken is cooking, start the sauce — Whisk corn starch into 1/2 cup water. Then add brown sugar, Hoisin sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, dry ginger and crushed red pepper.

bring sauce to boil in pan

When the chicken is done, transfer to a bowl and decrease the heat to medium-low. Add the sauce and whisk continuously while boiling until well thickened 2-3 minutes.

add chicken into sauce

Add the chicken back in and stir to coat.

General Tso's Chicken in a bowl

Transfer to serving dish and top with toasted sesame seeds you want.
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Easy General Tso Chicken

Make this delicious lighter General Tso’s Chicken at home in only 30 minutes. Just follow these easy step by step photo instructions.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course : Main Course

Cuisine : Chinese

Keyword : Chinese Dinner, General Tso’s Chicken

Servings/Adjust Amount: 4 servings

4

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breaststrimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons oil

Coating

  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 egg whitesor one egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons pepper

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugaror less
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepperSee recipe notes below

Serving options

  • cooked rice
  • toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Start by patting dry and trimming two skinless boneless chicken breast. Then cube into about 1-inch pieces.

  • Heat 2 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet or a wok.

  • Whisk together 2 egg whites, 3 tablespoon corn starch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Add chicken to the egg mixture and stir to coat. Shake excess coating off the chicken and add one piece at a time to the hot oil.

  • You can be a perfectionist and do half turning them nicely for 8 to 10 minutes and repeat. OR put them all in and occasionally stir like lazy me for about 12-14 minutes. Be sure the internal temp gets to 165 by checking multiple pieces. Use 180 degrees as your endpoint if using thighs.While the chicken is cooking, start the sauce — Whisk 1 tablespoon corn starch into 1/2 cup water. Then add 1/2 cup brown sugar (decrease if you want). 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce, 3 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger and crushed red pepper. The red pepper is more to taste. 1/2 teaspoon is a mild heat (3/10), and 1 teaspoon is what I think of in Tso’s chicken (7/10).
  • The chicken is done at 165 then transfer to a bowl and decrease the heat to medium-low.

  • Add the sauce and whisk continuously while boiling until well thickened 2-3 minutes.

  • Add the chicken back in and stir to coat.

  • Transfer to serving dish and top with toasted sesame seeds you wish.

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Recipe Notes

Pro Tips

  1. You can use chicken thighs. I feel you should cook to 180 for thighs for better texture. They are safe at 165.
  2. The Hoisin sauce is needed, and I would not skip it.
  3. The sweetness is on the high side. Decrease the brown sugar if you want.
  4. I used two egg whites to make this “lighter” but use one whole egg if you want.
  5. The red pepper is “to taste”. 1/4 teaspoon has minimal heat (1/10)  but some nice taste. 1/2 teaspoon is about what you would normally have in a restaurant (3/10), but 1 teaspoon is more for the heat lover (7/10).
  6. Good refrigerated for  3 to 4 days. I don’t see this freezing well.

Nutrition Facts

Easy General Tso Chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 269 Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Cholesterol 37mg12%

Sodium 958mg40%

Potassium 334mg10%

Carbohydrates 44g15%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 33g37%

Protein 15g30%

Vitamin A 149IU3%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 29mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Nutrition is for one serving. Number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of normal serving size for this recipe.

All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.

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Originally Published October 17, 2012.
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Coleen’s Recipes: EASY ITALIAN SAUSAGE by Gordon Ramsay


This Italian sausage is delicious and goes together quick and easy.  It calls for ground pork, so I just grind a couple of pork steaks, but you can also use unseasoned commercially ground pork.


When I make this, I fry it all up and then freeze it in small packages so it will be instantly ready for pizza, spaghetti sauce, meatballs etc., it’s great for a million things!!


1 pound of ground pork
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes* (see note)
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds  (don’t leave out)
1/4 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika is good too)
1/4 teaspoon dry minced onion flakes
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold water


Measure the seasonings and then grind them all together with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder (so they will distribute evenly throughout the sausage. 



Sprinkle the seasonings over the raw ground pork and then add the water. Mix with your (washed) hands and chill (covered) overnight. That’s it!! I told you it was easy !!!


After the sausage has “mellowed” in the fridge overnight,  you can use it or freeze it (it freezes well). 



I’ll never buy pre-made Italian sausage again. It is not only delicious, but I like knowing what is in my sausage!!




ENJOY !!! 

*NOTE: My picky picky husband HATES doesn’t like spicy, so this amount of red pepper flakes is ok for him. If you like a little more heat, just add more red pepper flakes.