RECIPE: Easy Apple Cake
I am not a good baker but this recipe is easy and doesnÂt require an electric mixer.
4 cup peeled and chopped apples
2 cups sugar
1/ 2 cup raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon (or 3/ 4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/ 4 tsp. nutmeg)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/ 2 tsp. baking soda
3/ 4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/ 2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
Mix together apples, raisins, sugar and cinnamon (and nutmeg, if used) in a large bowl and stir thoroughly. Let this mixture sit for one hour, stirring occasionally. Juice will begin to form Â do not drain off. Meanwhile, mix together flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl. Grease and flour a 9Â X 13Â pan.
After the apples have marinated for an hour, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the eggs, oil and vanilla and add to the apple mixture. Stir well, and then add the flour mixture. Mix well with a spoon and then add the nuts. Mix and pour into prepared pan.
Bake for about 45 minutes. Cool on a rack and cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
Source: Joan Brown
Notes: I like to substitute chopped dates for the raisins. Walnuts are the traditional nuts for this cake but I have used pecans or more often, omitted the nuts altogether.