I bought a bag of baking apples (Macintoshes) at the supermarket a few days ago. My intention was to make an apple pie. With the two snowstorms that hit Boston this week, I thought that baking would be a nice, cozy activity.
It occurred to me that there are lots of interesting, tasty desserts beyond apple pies. Apple fritters and turnovers came to mind, but I was not in the mood to fry anything.
I thought about apples and the kinds of flavor/spices that go well with them. Apples go very well with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. So I searched online until I found a recipe that fit in with my image of a good winter dessert made with apples. I came across a terrific recipe for apple-walnut cake on the Cooks.com website.
I made a few changes in the recipe to suit my own tastes. The recipe calls for 2 tsp. of cinnamon. I cut that down to 1 tsp. and added 1/2 tsp. of ginger, 1/2 tsp. of cloves and a dash of nutmeg. You could easy change the amounts and types of spices to suit your own taste. The topping that is poured over the batter calls for chopped walnuts. I didn't have any, so I used pecans.
This cake is absolutely delicious. It's very, very moist and flavorful, probably because of both the oil and apples.
I enjoyed a piece with a cup of hot tea. What a treat! It is definitely on my list to make again.
Apple Walnut Supreme Cake (from cooks.com)
4 c. coarsely diced, peeled apples
1 3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. cooking oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine apples and sugar; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs, oil and vanilla. Beat for one minute at medium speed. Combine dry ingredients and add to egg mixture, alternating with apple mixture. Mix until apples are thoroughly covered. Stir in walnuts. Spread into a greased and floured 9"x13"x3" pan. Sprinkle with topping recipe (below). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done with a toothpick. Do not underbake.
APPLE WALNUT CAKE TOPPING:
1/2 c. light brown sugar
2 tbsp. regular flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
Combine all ingredients with a fork. Sprinkle on batter.