Oh fall, you wonderful thing you. Just in time, just when I thought I had made a mistake moving to North Carolina, I woke up Saturday morning to 55*! Literally the perfect running weather - clear skies, sun just coming up, low humidity, slight breeze, and it warmed up just slightly while I was running. Every person I ran past was grinning too. Out came the long sleeves and the jeans, away went the sandals and shorts and tank tops. And it looks like it's here to stay, at least for a little while. Temperatures should hover around 70* all week, and today was another Carolina blue sky.
Nothing makes a better accompaniment to that sort of weather than apples. Apple sauce, apple cider, apple pie and apple cake. I can't get enough of it. I love fall. I adore fall. It's clean and crisp, homey and comforting. That's what makes this month of TWD selections that much better - we have apples and pears and pumpkin. Pumpkin, people! The two year shortage is supposedly over, although I did hoard a few cans when I went to the store a couple of days ago. You can't be too sure, right?
And to kick it all off, a double apple bundt cake chosen by Lynne! Now I must admit, there appears to be a bit of a failing here in central North Carolina. Can you believe that it is supposedly too hot to grow apples here? Coming from the midwest, this is a horrifying development. I honestly could not find a single apple orchard to pick at within a two hour drive. And I totally would have driven two hours each way just for crisp apples and freshly pressed cider. *sigh* So I found some that had been brought in from the western part of the state, grated them up, and whipped up this cake. And seriously, whipped up - it barely took as much time as my oven took to pre-heat!
I even got to re-use my adorable quarter-size bundt pan. I love it to bits. My cake was done quite a bit sooner because of the size - just make sure to check starting at 20-25 minutes if you downsize as drastically as I did. One note is not to skimp on the rest time! Cakes like this do meld together overnight, and it becomes noticeably more unified and full in flavor after a day.
On a completely different note, can you believe that we already have more than half of our guests RSVP'd?!? Gifts are beginning to come in, music has been chosen, readings have been picked... And it was around then that I realized - what in the hell do I do on the day of? I mean, I have everything else nicely planned out. When I'm baking cakes, decorating the reception location, having the rehearsal. But when to show up to the church? Where to get ready? Gah! Needless to say, I had this vision of getting up, showering, having a bowl of cereal, throwing the dress and shoes on, driving to the church and walking in as the music started. Evidently, that is not what you do. Evidently, there are things like manicures the day before, breakfast with people the morning of, makeup (horror!) and hair, getting dressed at the church... Eep!
So there you go. The minute you think I have a clue what's going on, the second you think that I've got this whole wedding thing down, remember this - I didn't even realize that you were supposed to get dressed at the church and have breakfast with your bridesmaids. Engineer planner fail.
Last Week: Tarte Fine
Next Week: Foldover Pear Torte