Monday, October 7, 2013

How to Make Apple Cake

I was shocked to peruse my archives and find that I'd never posted this recipe! I guess because I never end up taking a photo! I finally did this time...although it looks weird because I threw a peach in there to use up stale fruit for that extra something special. 

Yummy Apple my dear glass baking dish that met its demise recently...sob!

This is my go-to apple dessert recipe. Apple Pie is yummy and all, but I can't be bothered with making crust. So I like how all the ingredients are mixed together in this dish. It also makes it sort of a finger food, just pick up a square and take with you. The cake part is all brown-sugary and even chewy, like a cookie.

I came across the apple cake recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens "New Cookbook." The cookbook includes tons of classic recipes jammed into one little volume (I have the paperback version). It includes lots of basics like how to make hardboiled eggs. Nice and unpretentious.

Recipe after the jump!

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice (I never have this, I use cloves and/or nutmeg)
1 c granulated sugar
1 c packed brown sugar
1 c cooking oil
2 beaten eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
3 c chopped, peeled apples
1 c chopped pecans, toasted (okay, I've never done this)
2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel 
Sifted powdered sugar

1) Stir together flour, baking power, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, set aside.

2) In a mixing bowl combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add dry mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Fold in apples, pecans, and lemon peel. Pour batter into a greased and lightly floured pan.

3) Bake in a 350 degree oven about 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar, etc.

Source: BHG "New Cookbook," p. 265

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