Monday, October 24, 2011

Foolproof Apple Cake

I love cooking seasonally, and when October rolls around I find myself wanting to bake this recipe. It is TRULY foolproof!  I recently decided to try another "apple cake" recipe and was very disappointed - there weren't enough apples - the cake was dry and bland.  But this one never fails and I want to share it with you - I hope you decide to try it.

Foolproof Apple Cake

2 C peeled, cored and chopped apples (I use 2 large Gala apples)
3/4 C sugar
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg white 
cooking spray for the pan

Preheat the oven to 350

1. Combine the apples and sugar in a bowl; let stand 10 full minutes.

Be sure to give them 10 minutes so that some juices form in the bowl!

2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt on a large bowl; stir well. Make a well in center of mixture.

3. Combine the oil, vanilla and egg white - beat until slightly frothy. Add to the flour mixture and mix well. This will be VERY dry. (There will be some moisture from the apple mixture)

The oil, vanilla and egg white, ready to mix into the flour...

VERY dry....but that's OK!

4. Add the apples and any juice that has collected at the bottom of the bowl. (it's ok to add a tsp or so of water to the mixture if it doesn't come together).

5. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until slightly browned at edges.

Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

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