Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Fall Favorite and a little secret

This is for you, Laurie, and anyone else who LOVES all things apple.
The absolutely best apple cake on the planet (mind you, not necessarily the healthiest)...

Beat 3 eggs
Gradually add 2 cups sugar
Blend in 1 1/2 cups of oil (I use canola)
and 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine the following dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Stir in 3 cups peeled, chopped apples and
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

Pour into greased and floured 10" tube pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hr. 15 minutes

Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before tunring upside down on plate.

Topping (which is the best part of the cake, so don't skip it):
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup packed brown sugar
pinch of salt

Boil this for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over warm cake.
Try not to eat the whole thing by yourself. But if you can't manage that, just don't eat it all in one sitting. :)

And, here's a little secret from my kitchen. I'm sure I got this tip from somewhere, but I can't remember.

I love to make quick breads: zucchini, banana and pumpkin among my favorite to make. But, for any quick bread, this little tip makes the bread extra special.

**Instead of using cooking spray on your pans, try buttering the pan and then "flouring" it w/ sugar rather than flour. This creates a sugary, crunchy outer edge to the quick bread while the inside is soft, squishy goodness.


Jessi said...

Oooo, Bri...that sounds wonderful!! And I have a bunch of apples leftover from making applesauce last week that I'd love to use to make this. Alas, I am currently out of flour. Hmmm...wonder if I could just use Bisquick instead? Whatdya think? Bisquick already has salt and baking soda in it...

Briana Almengor said...

this is a great recipe for older apples as they get chopped up and cooked anyway. You could try it w/ bisquick; dont' know what it'll do.

Zoanna said...

I've gotta try this. Maybe I'll send half into work with Paul and keep half. He's been asking for an apple cake lately and I do have some apples on hand. I made your baked apple oatmeal the other morning. Irresistible. Almost. "There but by the grace of God go I" (again, into that tasty treat).

Danielle said...

Ooo, yum. I have a similar version of this recipe, but I'll have to try yours. I've got a bunch of apples my mom gave me from the orchard, so there's no reason not to!