Saturday, September 24, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Raw Apple Cake

Years ago, my sister gave me a recipe for Raw Apple Cake. It came from the Four Sisters Inn Cookbook -a souvenir from her California Wine Country vacation. Since then, this cake has come to signal the beginning of fall for my family. Yesterday we hosted a dinner party and, by coincidence, served the raw apple cake on the real first day of fall. It was just a good as we remembered!

Raw Apple Cake
(from Four Sisters Inn Cookbook)

4 cups grated tart apples, firmly packed
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix apples, oil, vanilla, eggs, and sugars.  In a separate bowl, stir together flours, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nuts. Gently fold into the apple mixture and stir until moistened. Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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  1. Hmmmm. I mean, mmmmmmmmmmm. I have all the ingredients, and I've hankering for apple cake. Maybe this is all I need to make this humid, icky day feel like the second day of fall? Probably!

  2. I'm going to save this, JoAnn. The only thing is I'd use melted butter instead of oil. :<)

  3. That looks so good! I hope to go apple picking this fall, so it's nice to find another recipe to add to my repertoire.

  4. I have some apples I was going to turn into applesauce tomorrow. Hummmmm. With a food processor fitted with a grating disk, this recipe would take no time at all to make.

  5. Looks delicious, perfect way to celebrate the Autumn season.

  6. See, if only there was an apple-picking season in Florida. For us it is "really sweaty" season, or pretty soon just "sweaty" season. But I can always get apples at the store and do it anyway. This sounds SO GOOOOOOOD!

  7. I have many apple cake recipes and am always happy to have another one. We go apple picking at least twice in the fall, and I usually buy too many, lol.

  8. My mother use to make a delicious apple cake, and this recipe sounds similar except she used all purpose flour I think.

  9. This looks really good, and perfect timing, too. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!

  10. That looks and sounds delicious for this season!
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  11. I used to make a raw apple cake but it was lost some where along the way. I agree that an applie cake is a great way to welcome the Fall season. I'm going to give this a try.

  12. Yum! That sounds pretty tasty.

  13. This is a great idea! I usually bake apple pie or apple muffins, but I might try this as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. So what's the raw part? What kind of apples do you like to use for baking? I debate this every fall when I start making apple pie. ;)

  15. Now that looks really delicious. Here in Lanzarote it’s difficult to get what we call ‘cooking’ apples and friends bring them over from UK. Next chance I get I’ll be trying this.

  16. Audrey - This is definitely a taste of fall.. can't do much about the weather though ;-)

    Nan - I know you always use butter! I'm sure this cake would taste even better that way... why dont I ever think to substitute?

    Reviewsbylola - We go apple picking at least one every fall. We'll probably wait until fall break when the girls are home for a long weekend.

    Beth F - This is a quick and easy recipe... I always grate with a food processor!

    Carol - It was a perfect way to welcome autumn!

    Sandy - "Really sweaty" and "sweaty".... I'd never last, but I do love Florida in the winter;-)

    TheBookGirl - We always come home from apple picking with way too many, too! I love finding new recipes.

    Diane - I'm sure it would work with all purpose flour, too.

    Belle Wong - I've been making this for years!

    Joy - It is!

    Margot - Let me know how it turn out if you decide to give it a try.

    Softdrink - Oh, it was!

    Uniflame - I make apple pie often, too!

    Louise - Thanks.

    Trish - I always wondered why it wasn't just called 'apple cake'... maybe raw because you put in grated raw apples? I like to use Cortland apples for baking and pies, but my sister swears by Ida Red.

    Little Nell - Apples are so plentiful this time of year. I hope you can try this when cooking apples are available,

  17. This looks absolutely delicious! I will have to make it soon!

  18. Staci - It's really easy to make, too... hope you like it!

  19. Yum! We have many apple trees in the neighborhood and people love to share their bounty. I'm stealin' this recipe!

  20. Heather - It is!

    Gavin - Please do.. it's quick, easy, and delicious!

  21. Yumm! Sounds like I need to pick up some apples. I don't usually do much baking, but this sounds like something I could handle.

  22. Carolsnotebook - You could definitely handle this... it's one of the easiest cake recipes around, and the taste is something special. I'm hoping we get to go apple-picking this weekend.

  23. Just wanted to let you know that I made this yesterday when my husband's parents came over for dinner. You were right, it was easy and everybody liked it. Thanks! I'll be keeping this one on hand.

  24. Carolsnotebook - Oh, I'm glad!! We did end up going apple picking Sunday, so I'll be making again soon, too. Thanks so much for letting me know.


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