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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Apple Cake!!!

I have been threatening you guys with this recipe forever. So, here it is. And, it's so much better than apple pie. In fact, you might even want to make this for Thanksgiving. It's that good. My mom got the recipe from her old friend Joyce, back when I was in preschool. And, I have no idea who Joyce got the recipe from, so, sorry about that.

Also, this is the first day of NaBloPoMo. I will be posting every day. I am sure I will run out of things to say, so please tell me what you'd like to hear. Want a recipe idea? Want to see pics of me with big hair from my high school days on Long Island? Whatever you want, just ask. I'll do what I can.

Apple Cake

10 small apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small wedges
1/2 cup sugar (I substitute Turbinado sugar here, just because I can)
2 tablespoons cinnamon
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange juice (the secret ingredient)
4 eggs
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the apples, 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Let sit for one hour.

Combine the remaining ingredients and mix together very well. (You can use a mixer here - just do it for about 2 minutes.)

Grease and flour a bundt pan (I usually leave out the flouring part, but if you want to insure no sticking, you should probably not follow my lead here.) Pour a thin layer of dough into the pan. Follow with a layer of apples. Repeat until the dough is gone, but be sure that your final layer is dough. Drizzle the yummy apple/cinnamon juice from the apple bowl over the top. Bake for an hour an a half. Let cool and then remove from the pan.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless you use teeny tiny apples, you will have leftover apples. This is a very good thing. Throw them into a saucepan, and cook them down until they are mushy. Smush them up even more with a wooden spoon. You now have the most delicious apple sauce ever. You're welcome.

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