Apple-Cinnamon Oat Prairie Squares

I initially thought today’s post wouldn’t be much of a “vintage tradition in today’s kitchen”, but I have since realized I wasn’t thinking back far enough.

I got the recipe for these Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares from the Jan/Feb Whole Foods “Whole Deal” flier, and I knew I would like these based purely on the ingredients list.  They are wholesome (obviously), simple, and proudly rustic. 

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Apple Streusel Bundt Cake

It wouldn’t be fall without apples, and since fall is now in its final month I figured I had better get moving on my apple baking! 

For apple picking this year I went to a familiar orchard, but with a new face.  Jessica O. was in need of her first apple picking experience, which kind of blows my mind because she is from West Virginia, meaning she participated in 4-H and knows how to knit, sew, and make a mean batch of pepperoni rolls.  It seems like apple picking would have fallen in there somewhere.

Determined to correct this, we hit up Russell Orchards in Ipswitch for the following reasons:

Hot and greasy Cider Donuts at $4 for a half dozen.

The Biting Pig…click on his picture with caution.  I warned you.

Gorgeous leaves and apples…including the 2010 “Twilight Apple”.

Lovely Jessica.

We had a great time, but onto the Bundt cake!

As you may know, I love Bundts.  My mom gave me the official Bundt Classics cookbook from Nordic Ware for my birthday last summer and I finally cracked the spine with this recipe. 

I actually made 2 of these this weekend.  John and I went to a birthday party Friday night, and then to a pre-wedding celebration for Greg and Courtney last night.  I enjoyed the cake so much the first time that I wanted to make another one, and since I knew we’d be seeing Greg and Courtney and they just bought their first home a few months ago, I thought it could double as a housewarming offering.

Greg and Courtney are getting married next month.  Greg and John lived next door to each other growing up, and he is one of Greg’s groomsmen.  They are one of those couples that just makes you happy – the second you meet them you feel right at home.  It was so much fun seeing them last night and meeting their extended wedding party – I can’t wait for their big day! 

Awesome, right?  They totally are.

And so is this cake!  The alternating layers of golden cake, sliced apples, and streusel crumbs is seriously delicious, and would go great with your morning coffee.  Or anytime, really…  It’s also incredible easy.

The one thing that’s tough about a cake is that you can’t cut it open for a picture before you give it away without people noticing, so you have to take a picture of your slice with your (amazing) new phone’s camera.

Then you eat the whole thing. 

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