Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Apple Spice Cake
1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter
3 1/2 Granny Smith Apples - Peeled & Small Dice (keep the 1/2 apple separate)
1/2 Lemon - Juiced
1 Cup Apple Cider
1 3/4 Cups Flour (+3 tbsp for dusting)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup White Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Egg - Beaten
1 tsp Vanilla
In a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the 3 apples, lemon juice and apple cider. Stir to combine, reduce to low/medium heat and cook until apples are softened and the liquid has reduced by 1/2. About 30 minutes.
Add the apple mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes coarse. You do not want to puree it.
In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, both sugars and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the cooked apple mixture, the reserved 1/2 apple, egg and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Butter and flour (the 3 tbsp reserved) a loaf pan. Pour out excess flour from pan. Pour batter into the pan and place on a cookie sheet as there will be over spill. Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out from the center clean.
Let sit for about 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack. Really good by itself or warm with butter. This cake comes out so moist and delicious and perfect for school bake sales.