Joanna Anastasia


Apple crumble squares

Apple crumble coffee cake

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

As my favourite book character, Anne , me too I believe that October is a beautiful month, full of it’s own colours and flavours! And every October I rediscover my passion for baking and home making, and this year is no different. After months of lack of inspiration in the kitchen department and the days too hot to cook, I’m back to regular meal planning every week, recipe inventing and baking from scratch using seasonal fruits.

So these apple crumble squares are a variation of a classical Polish apple cake called Sharlotka, that my grandmother used to make every fall, but it’s a bit healthier and more crunchy then the original version. Also, when I say it’s apple crumble, it means that the crumble is actually made with apples in it! So more texture and crunch and definitely lot’s of taste!

apple crumble coffee cake

What you’ll need;

For the apple oat crumble:

    • 5 big apples
    • 1 cup of oats
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar

For the cake:

  • pinch salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup canola oil

For decoration: 1/2 cup melted butterscotch chocolate


Mix together all the dry ingredient of the cake, and then add the milk and the oil. Stir until well blended. Pour in the baking sheet, set aside.

Cut apples in small cubes. Mix well with oats, cinnamons, brown sugar, vanilla extract and flour. Pour on top of the cake mixture, and bake for around 40 minutes on 350 F.

Once the cake is ready, let it cool down before adding the melted butterscotch chocolate. My trick is to melt it slowly in the microwave ( setting it on 10 seconds, stirring, heating for 10 seconds again and stirring some more until completely melted) And then I use a small zip back, I pour the melted chocolate inside, cut a corner and decorate my coffee cake.

apple crumble coffee cake apple crumble coffee cake

apple crumble coffee cake

This cake is even better with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream, served warm on a cold and chilly afternoon!


Apple & peach chunky compote

Every year, as soon as the days start feeling as bit chillier and the fall starts peaking inn, we go apple picking with the family! And every year we end up with way too many apples! So this year, I decided to make something more than just a cake, something that I could pop in the fridge, something easy to make and of course delicious. I had some peaches on hand too, so here’s what I came up with: Chunky Apple and peach compote. With a subtile hint of vanilla, and a little bit of texture it’s the perfect accompaniment to your morning toast. And it;s even more amazing paired with some vanilla yoghurt and granola. Because mornings are just so much better when they start with an Apple and Peach comte parfait!

Here”s all you need:

  • 5 big apples
  • 4 large peaches
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 table spoons brown sugar

Cut all the fruits in small cubes. Place them in a medium pan, add vanilla essence, brown sugar, and give it a stir. Cook over medium heat, occasionally steering doer around 10 minutes. Then turn down the heat, and cook for around 20 minutes on low heat.

Let it cool, and place in a closed container. You can keep it for up to two weeks in the fridge. Try it over fresh bread with butter or over a raisin brad toast! It’s so delicious!

 apple & peach compote

Or you can make a parfait! Because nothing say’s “have a great day” better than Parfait! And coffee of course, let’s not forget about coffee!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

Apple & peach compote parfait:

Pour a bit of apple and peach compote in to glasses, add yoghurt, granola, and top it with some more compote!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

So next time you’re going apple picking, and it seems like you have way too many apples, don’t worry, grab some peaches and make this apple and peach chunky compote instead!

Apple crumble coffee cake

this is hands down the best fall desert ever! Such an amazing cake, full of flavor, and smelling amazing too! #fall, #apple #coffeecake

If there where only one apple cake recipe I’d have to choose it would be this apple crumble coffee cake! It’s super moist, chock-full of walnuts and apple chunks, and generously finished with lovely crunchy oat crumble. And it’s a baking hack!

You see, when I was growing up in Poland, my grandmother used to bake this apple cake called “Sharlotka” or Charlotte, that would look and taste exactly like this cake here. Except that it would take her much more time to prepare!

And if you now me a bit, then you know that I really enjoy baking from scratch. It’s just that sometimes life, aka kids and work get between me and my hobby, and turn me towards a box cake!

Yes, I used a box cake to whip up this amazing cake, and I’m not afraid to admit it! And you too can prepare this cake in less than 10 minutes!

apple crumble coffee cake

What you’ll need:

For the cake layer:

– 1 yellow box cake ( replace oil for melted butter and water for milk, quantities like on the box)

For the apple layer:

– 3 big apples cut in chunks
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the crumble:

– 1 cup quick oats
– 1/2 cup flour
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1 table-spoon melted butter or margarine
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare the cake layer as on the package, just remember to replace the water by milk and the oil by butter.

Pour the batter in to the pan. ( But don’t pour all of your cake batter, since there needs to be place left for apples and crumble. I used one round cake pan and two mini ones for this recipe.)

Mix apple pieces (no need for perfect cubes) with walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. Pour the apple filing over the cake batter.

Mix the quick oats with flour, brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract, and sprinkle the apples with the crumble.

Bake as indicated on the box! ( Unless you’re using mini pans, then cut the time in half.)

apple crumble coffee cake

Serve warm or cooled down. You can even add some vanilla ice cream on top, I promise it’s simply amazing together!

Apple crumble coffee cake, amazing dessert that you need to try this year! #applecake #fall #dessert

apple crumble coffee cake, amazing dessert to try this fall! #easycake


3 minute apple crumble mug cake

3 minute apple crumble mug cake, so easy and delicious! if you have these simple ingredients, and a couple of spear minutes, you can have this cinnamon, walnut and apple, gooey and chewy mug of happiness!

This 3 minute apple crumble mug cake is one of my favorite things about fall! It smells amazing, is so gooey chewy and crunchy all at once, and is so easy to prepare! Really perfect for chilly afternoons and cold evenings!

And since apple baking is one of my favorite things, I’ve partnered up with my blogging mom tribe to share with you eight of our most loved fall apple recipes! Make sure to check them all in the end of this post!

So, coming back to my 3 minute apple crumble mug cake, if you have some simple ingredients on hand, and if you feel like treating yourself to a comforting fall staple, but don’t really feel like baking all that much, this recipe is all you need!

What you need:

– for the crumble –

1/4 cup margarine or butter (melted)
1/2 cup quick oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence

– for the filling –

2 apples cut in small cubes
1/4 cup graham crumbs
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
a drop of lemon juice

Combine all of the crumble indigence together, and mix well. In a separate bowl mix the ingredients for the apple filling.

3 minute apple crumble mug cake

Divide the apple filling mixture among two mugs, and then top it with the crumble. Microwave each mug for 3 minutes separately. (Be careful, it’ll be very hot!)

Serve as it is, or add vanilla ice cream! ( I think it’s amazing with some vanilla ice cream!)

3 minute apple crumble mug cake

3 minute apple crumble mug cake

Now, don’t you wan’t to make it over and over again? I sure do!

3 minute apple crumble mug cake, so easy and delicious! if you have these simple ingredients, and a couple of spear minutes, you can have this cinnamon, walnut and apple, gooey and chewy mug of happiness!

And if you enjoy the fall baking and cooking season as much as I do, make sure to check these amazing and simple recipes from my lovely friends:

you ned to try these 8 easy recipes! From cinnamon bun hack, to apple sangria, all that you need is on this list!  #applebaking #apple

Apple Dumplings– Honeysuckle Blog

Apple Cider Sangria– Mom Wife Foodie

Apple Pumpkin Pie Spice Overnight Oats– The Mother Overload

Apple Brie Arugula Galette– Drafts and Crafts

Tahini Apple and Thyme Toast- Occasionally Perfect Style

Apple Cinnamon Rolls– Nikki Andal

Applesauce Greek Yogurt Parfaits Kristeena Michelle

Chocolate blondies

These blondie bars are full of chocolate chunks and are made with one secret healthy ingredient, making them lighter, better and more moist !

Sometimes in life you just find yourself with overload of chocolate bars and candies. Like after Halloween. There’s option one, eating it all , or another one, which is making a blondie with it. And of course, we love baking at our home, so this is always the option that we prefer!

These blondies are the best

And I love blondies, but mixed with chocolate candy bars they get a bit too heavy. That’s why I made this one with apple sauce (also because I was out of eggs, but let’s keep they a secret!). And honestly it works really great together ! It’s just difficult to decide if this is a healthy treat or not. Whatever you decide, it makes for a great family friendly dessert!


What you’ll need :

2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar ( I’ve cut on the sugar, but you can make it 1 cup)
2 cup apple sauce ( for a classic blonde 2 eggs instead)

2/3 cup of soft butter

2 cups of chocolate bars and candies cut in pieces


Mix the dry ingredients together, add apple sauce, and butter, and in the end chopped chocolate bars. Bake for around 40 min on 360F. Once cooled down, keep in the cold and dry place.

The best blondies ever

And what are your favourite blondies, or brownies?

The best apple pancakes

Apple pancakes

When I was little, these fluffy yet crunchy apple pancakes were my definition of happiness. On lazy weekend mornings my mom used to make them for me, and as soon as they where ready we would eat them still hot, slightly dusted with vanilla sugar.

Now, it’s my turn to create memories for my daughters, and I think that memories made around the family table are the sweetest:) I don’t know if you realized that, but memory is often triggered by a familiar smell. That’s why a smell can bring us back in to a precious moment back in time. So when I was making these apple pancakes, the smell of baked apples mixed with butter made me feel as if I was four again. And looking at my girls devouring them just like I used to, made me feel simply happy.

Apple pancakes

But you don’t need to have kids to make them, especially that they are really easy and delicious alternative to a simple pancake.

What you’ll need :

2 egg whites

1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 egg yolks
3 medium apples

Butter for the pan( be generous)

Apple pancakes

Start by separating the eggs, and beat the egg whites until fluffy, then set them aside. Mix all of the remaining ingredients, and when well mixed, gently add the egg whites.

Add apples cut in slices. Mix.

Apple pancakes

Melt the butter on a pan, and place a spoonful of an apple pancake mixture. Don’t worry if it’s seems liquid, it’ll set.

Serve them hot, with maple sirup, or delicately powdered with icing sugar. Enjoy !

Apple pancakes

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