Cajeta Apple Peanut Butter Cake Inspired By Jodi Picoult’s New Book Leaving Time

A cajeta peanut butter apple cake inspired by Jodi Picoult's book "Leaving Time."

I’ve been on a reading frenzy lately…. In the last couple of months I have thumbed my way through so many books, and have to admit it’s quickly becoming my favorite thing to do. It’s weird… I almost mourn the end of a book once I finish reading it, and go through this stage of what am I gonna do now? I suppose I’m saying it’s weird cuz heaven knows I have a ton of work and know exactly what I’m gonna do now.

A few weeks ago the lovely folks over at Walmart asked if I would be interested in reading an advanced copy of Jodi Picoult’s new book “Leaving Time.” I read the summary of the book and thought “that sounds interesting, yeah send it over.”

“Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna–now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief–steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance and the death of one of her mother’s co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters”

The book arrived and I devoured it over the course of a few days. Let me tell you that description doesn’t even scratch the intensity surface of the story nor does it tell you that Jodi Picoult’s writing is near perfect. I was completely entwined in the characters and felt like I myself had become an elephant scientist. I learned so much about grief, patience, trusting your inner soul, and letting go. I highly recommend it to anybody in search of their next great read, and just wish there was more pages added to the story. I didn’t want it to end, because perhaps I wasn’t ready to let go.

In the book as the story unfolds I learned that when elephant keepers need to medicate an elephant they stick the medicine in the center of an apple and top it with peanut butter. When I was done reading the last page…. I couldn’t believe how amazing the end was. I got straight up off my couch and made this cake completely inspired by Leaving Time.

The book goes on sale tomorrow 10/14 and will be carried in all Walmart stores with a rollback that brings it to 40% off. I think you just found your new book.

A cajeta peanut butter apple cake inspired by Jodi Picoult's book "Leaving Time." It is an amazing read and the writing is near perfect. Read the book then make the cake.

Ingredients for Cajeta Apple Peanut Butter Cake:

  • 1/2 – cup cajeta or dulce de leche
  • 1 1/2 – honey crisp apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
  • 1/3 – cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 – cup butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 – cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 – cup brown sugar
  • 3 – eggs
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – cup flour
  • 1 – teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 3 – tablespoons whole milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9 inch glass pie dish with a non-stick baking spray.
  3. Pour cajeta into the base of the pie plate.
  4. Arrange apples in the cajeta then top with pecans. Set to the side.
  5. In a mixer cream butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together until fluffy.
  6. Add in eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  7. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  8. Slowly add flour to peanut butter mixture. Mix until incorporated.
  9. Add in milk and mix until just combined.
  10. Pour peanut butter bater over cajeta apples.
  11. Bake for 40 minutes.
  12. Let cool for 15 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate.
  13. Serve warm and enjoy!

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