Nov 4, 2008

Apple Cake

I love, love, LOVE apples. And had it not been for our kitchen remodel, I would have made lots more apple themed dishes! I guess I will have to catch myself up. :)

In the fall, I buy apples buy the bag, Gala are my favorite. They are perfect to put in my lunch. Although, I don't think that An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, because I've STILL gotten sick. Ugh! :)

Anyway. Onto the cake! I made this cake last fall for the first time. It has a GREAT flavor. The spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, really shine and compliment one another. The apples keep a little of their bite and the cake is crisp on top. It's great with ice cream, but I don't eat a lot of ice cream. James would devour the whole thing if we had ice cream around! :)

This makes a fairly large cake. I used a smaller pan this time and cooked it for longer. I think I like it better in the smaller pan, thicker pieces are more delicious! :) Just watch your cooking time, I think I overcooked it just a little. But no matter, it's still tasty! Oh, and peeling, coring and chopping the apples can be tedious, but it's so worth it.

Apple Cake
Everyday Food

Serves 16

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
confectioners' sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 inch baking pan; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
3. Add the apples, walnuts, butter, and eggs; stir just until combined. (I ended using my hands to mix it all together. I may have overdone it with the apples - I told you I liked them!)
4. Spoon into pan; smooth with a spatula.
5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar to serve

Note: Best apple for baking: Look for a hard, crisp variety that will retain its shape when baked. Gala and Golden Delicious are ideal.

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