With the dawn of a new year and all the resolutions coming and going (by January 15), I was resolve not to start anything on January 1st, but rather to start moving in the right direction to make lasting changes for this year. One thing I started moving toward was eating in a more “paleo” way. I don’t even necessarily mean this in a definitive paleo diet sense, because there are some paleo rules I prefer to ignore. But in the rules I can stand behind, like cutting out as much processed foods as I can, I am paleo-bound.
So first thing was to get out my two favorite paleo cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo and Practical Paleo, as well as to pull up my friend’s blog that provides AIP (Auto Immune Paleo) recipes, Fed and Fulfilled. The first “new year’s” paleo recipe I have now tried is the Paleo Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake, from Fed and Fulfilled’s (my friend) Joanna Smith.
PLEASE Check out her blog post with the details HERE. Her end product and photos are fantastic.
As you know, from the few times I tell you the recipes I’m baking, I do not always exactly follow the recipe… either to my delight or demise. This case is no different. I started baking it for a good friend who is also mostly paleo and who recently had beautiful twins! She also happens to know Joanna, which led me to think this would be a nice serendipitous end to our meal. See Nick and I holding her beautiful twins below.
The long and short of the tale of this cake is… I did not plan enough time to finish the cake, and it never made it to this lovely family’s home. However, I was half way through the recipe and decided to stick it all in the fridge and finish it for our small group the following morning.
The deviations I ended up making are as follows:
- All the applesauce was homemade (for lack of having anything but apples in the house)
- The pumpkin in the pumpkin caramel sauce was replaced by applesauce
- I did not make the caramel sauce ahead of time so I am entirely sure it didn’t resemble Joanna’s version because it still looked like applesauce when I was making the cake
- The batter dried out more than I’d hoped because it sat in the fridge over night
- I had the whole thing in the oven before I realized I had forgotten the apple cider vinegar
- The layer of apples and the cake batter were more mixed than they should have been since I had to incorporate the apple cider vinegar by disassembling an already warm cake batter.
BUT… alas, all of my mistakes and substitutions produced the above lovely cake that our small group enjoyed. In true paleo fashion there was only raw honey as sweetener and seemed appropriate for a morning “coffee cake.” I concluded that if my mistake was this good… Joanna’s creation must be fantastic and I can’t wait to try it again and hopefully let the originally intended audience try it as well.
I will let you know what other paleo things I successfully or unsuccessfully try over the new year. And as a reminder, if paleo is a lifestyle you subscribe to, you can always reach out and request Baked True North’s goodies to be made paleo… and in most cases I can make that happen. I will be doing more experiments to make that happen this year!