In the fall the apple trees around here are amazing. My good friend always invites me to pick whatever I can use. With two horses in the pasture, that’s a blessing! I never scorn the windfalls and pickup any apples that aren’t covered with ants, even the bruised ones. I just cut off the bruised parts and peel and chop the rest to make this yummy cake.
1 cup all purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
About 4 apples (Cortland or Yellow Delicious, windfall or otherwise, are good for cakes) peeled, cored and diced
3/4 cup Bobo’s Mountain Sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (go wild – use both)
2 brimming Tbl. oil (I use light olive oil)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
Whisk eggs with syrup and oil in a large bowl. Add apples, nuts, cinnamon and vanilla, stirring until combined. In another bowl whisk together flour, soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients until just moistened. Spread batter in a buttered 8 ” square pan and bake at 350 degrees, 35 – 40 minutes – test with toothpick. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes . Serve warmish with ice cream or lightly whipped heavy cream. Great at tea-time with a lovely pot of Earl Grey tea.