Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs was an extraordinary inventor and visionary. He took simple ideas and transformed them into technological necessities. His inventions have transformed the way we view the world, the way we conduct business, the way we communicate and the way we celebrate our lives.

It's ironic that a company based on breaking with convention was named after the purest and most simplistic fruit out there - the apple. Very unextraordinary in its presence the apple is not rare, it is not exotic, it is in fact admired for its sweet, yet unintimidating flavors and presentation, but it demands respect. Songs, ideals and celebrations have been dedicated to the apple. The apple embodies the beauty and simplicity of life while also representing the possibilities that lie within it.

We believe this is what Steve Jobs was going for; taking simple ideas at their core and turning them into something extraordinary, beautiful, flavorful and bold. For that Mr. Jobs we salute you, and we honor the impact you have left on our lives with a flavorful variation on the fruit that will forever be synonymous with greatness.

Apple Caramel Cake

1 box of spice cake mix and necessary ingredients listed
4 tbsp butter
3 cups sugar
5 tbsp corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
4 large red apples

  • Butter a large, round baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a separate pan cook the sugar and corn syrup together until they darken. Once dark add the heavy cream and 4 tbsp of butter. Let the ingredients melt into each other until smooth.
  • Pout half of the mixture in a bowl and set aside, pour the other half into the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Slice 3 of the 4 apples into quarters, be sure to remove the cores. Lay the quarters into the pan skin side down spread out evenly.
  • Cut the fourth apple in half separating the top from the bottom. Scoop out the seeds but leave the core at the top. Lay the top half of the apple skin side down in the middle of the pan.
  • Assemble the spice cake mix as the box instructs and pour the batter over the apples and caramel.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until cake browns and a fork or toothpick comes out clean.
  • To remove the cake place the baking dish in 1 inch of boiling water in a skillet for approx. 8 minutes. Carefully run a thin knife around the perimeter of the pan to loosen the caramel topping.
  • Transfer the loosened cake to a serving plate by placing the plate upside down on top of the baking dish and flipping both pieces over in unison.
  • Heat the reserved caramel sauce and pour over the top before serving.

This recipe shows how an apple can be transformed into an amazing dessert. Steve Jobs took this logic to the max and transformed the apple into a symbol of creativity and progress. The world will never be the same.

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