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Trinity Dutch Apple Cake • Cooking with Catholic Kids

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Teach your kids about the Trinity using an apple, then bake up some delicious Trinity Dutch Apple Cake.

by Theresa Wilson

Earlier this month my daughter’s preschool had a field trip to an orchard. We enjoyed a gorgeous fall morning with cool air and bright sunshine while we plucked apple after apple from the trees. 

In the car ride home, we thanked God for such a beautiful experience. After a moment, my 4-year-old said we should also thank Jesus. I reminded her that God is Jesus and the Holy Spirit, too! In the rearview mirror, I could see her gazing out the window in contemplation. 

A few days later it was time to do something with all the apples we had harvested. Dutch apple cake was just that thing. With my daughter next to me, standing on a chair helping me measure and mix, I used the apple to help her visualize the Trinity. Like the shamrock, it is a commonly used symbol from nature to help explain the Trinity.

An apple, although one piece of fruit, is made up of three parts: the skin, the flesh and the seeds. The skin is encompassing and protects, just like God the Father. Jesus is God made flesh. The seeds are what grows into a new tree, as the Holy Spirit grows in us as we grow in our faith. Three different parts, but all one apple.

This delicious apple cake is the perfect treat on a cool autumn day. It’s one of the simplest desserts with huge flavor, not to mention the way your kitchen will smell as it’s in the oven! When I make this dish, I leave the skin of the apples on. I like the little bit of pink in each slice. The orange zest adds a nice depth of flavor as well. 

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Trinity Dutch Apple Cake • Cooking with Catholic Kids
This delicious apple cake is the perfect treat on a cool day. Leave the skin of the apples on with the little bit of pink in each slice. The orange zest adds a nice depth of flavor as well.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the diced apples with honey, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon juice and orange zest. Set aside while making the dough.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and milk together.
  3. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Alternating the dry and wet ingredients, add the flour mixture and egg and milk mixture to the creamed butter, making sure each is incorporated before adding the next. A soft dough will form.
  5. After lightly spraying the springform pan, gently press half of the dough to create the flat bottom base of the cake.
  6. Evenly pour the apples over the first layer of dough.
  7. With the second half of dough, pull small pieces, about quarter to half dollar size, and place them on top of the apples. You’ll want to make sure there aren't large areas without dough, but there will be smaller gasp were the apples can be seen.
  8. In a 350 degree preheated oven, bake the cake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean of dough.
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Theresa Wilson is an alumnus of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. After pursuing her passion for all things food, she quickly rose the ranks in fine dining cuisine as a professional chef, and as a chef instructor and assistant director at a culinary institute. She is now a busy stay-at-home mom and short order cook to her amazing, energetic young daughter and son.

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