Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fresh Apple Cake


I didn't think that I could accomplish Thanksgiving as usual at my house this year since I have just moved and have been in a bit of a mess.   I am still very thankful for the many many blessings in my life, even though it hasn't turned out like I was expecting.  I'm looking forward to meeting new people, a new job, some traveling and who knows what else.  After a little consideration I offered to have Thanksgiving at my new home, and I was quickly taken up on it. For this week for Thanksgiving inspired desserts I thought about an apple recipe that my friend Mary gave me recently.  I have been looking for a great apple cake recipe for years and Mary's proved to be the one.  It is one of Mary's family favorite and I think it could well be yours too.  I used Granny Smith apples.  There's nothing more American than apples!  Enjoy.

2 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup oil
3 large eggs
3 cups diced apples
1 cup chopped pecans
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
(2 cups flaked coconut) optional

Cream together sugar and oil;  add eggs and beat well.  Combine
flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.  Gradually add to egg mixture.
Add vanilla, apples, nuts, and  (coconut.)  Batter will be thick.  Pour
into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan.  Bake at 350 degrees
about an hour.  Remove from pan while still hot. 

Glaze:  1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 stick butter

Combine and cook approximately 5 minutes.  Pour over cake while
still hot.

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