Apples Grown in the Southwest

Are apples grown in the southwest? Yes, all you need apparently is the right apple tree. This makes me so happy! I love apples for sauce, baking, and eating as a snack.
I was given some beautiful summer Apples grown by a gardening friend, in Yuma Arizona. They were grown on a particular tree called Ana Apple. It is a unique apple that can be grown in the warmer climates of the Southwest. It requires less chill time than the apple trees apples of the North. Making it the perfect apple tree for Yumans to grow. So, if you are craving apples and want to grow your own this might be the one for you.
Its shape reminds me a bit of a delicious apple but the fruit is slightly tangy but not tart. It reminds me of a summer apple grown in my parent’s orchard in Utah.
I used my apples to make a delicious Fresh Summer Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze. It’s an easy dessert for any summer BBQ or family gathering.

Fresh Summer Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

CAKE

  • 4 cups peeled and diced apples (about 6-8 medium-sized apples)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon or lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • Mix sugar and apples and lemon juice together. Add other ingredients and mix until blended.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9” x 13” baking dish.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • While the cake is baking make Caramel Glaze

CARAMEL GLAZE

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6-8 oz evaporated milk
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp of brandy or rum (Optional)
  • Melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a full boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add milk and vanilla. Stir to combine. On low heat, cook until it boils. Remove from heat and let cool for 1 minute.
  • Poke holes in the cake with a chopstick one every 3 inches.
    Pour caramel glaze over the top of the cake while it is still warm. Cool slightly before serving.
  • Can be topped with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.
    Serves about 12.