When I sliced the first apple from the bag and gave it to the kids, Ranger declared the apple sub-par. In his defense it lacked the crispness that characterizes Granny Smiths. I figured we could still make it through the bag; a green tart apple is a green tart apple, right? It turns out that Ranger has the dedicated tastebuds of a wine master.
Later I fed him a sliced Granny Smith from a local orchard. He loved it and asked for more, so I sliced an apple from the bag that I'd moved to the fridge the previous evening. He took two bites and pushed it away.
I gave the leftovers to Scout who played with them for about 15 minutes before asking for "an apple."
I sliced another chilled bag apple and put it on a new plate. She ate half a piece, shook her head, and asked for cheese.
Jim soon arrived home and helped me eat the two rejected apples. That only left a few more pounds in the pantry.
In subsequent weeks, I kept trying to pass off the apples as grocery store apples. To no avail.
Then I started looking for Granny Smith recipes.
Relish! had one for apple cake that looked straightforward and didn't require a special trip the grocery store. The heavenly autumn olfactory trifecta of cinnamon, cake, and baked apples now waft through the house.
|Relish! Apple Cake|
|Prep: 30 minutes Bake: 50 minutes |
per serving: 317 calories; 3 grams protein; 18 grams total fat; 1 gram fiber; 2 gram saturated fat; 35 grams carbohydrates; 21 mgs cholesterol; 188 mgs sodium
|Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. |
 Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a very large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; make a well in center of dry mixture and set aside.
 In a medium bowl, combine eggs, oil and vanilla; stir in apples and nuts. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened (batter will be thick). Spread batter in prepared pan.
 Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
The sweet cake bakes to form a crunchy top that yields to a soft crumbly interior. The texture and homey flavors of cinnamon-sweetened apples well suit this season of crisp leaves, pleasantly sharp breezes, and harvest flavors.
The commonplace ingredients, simple recipe, and exquisite results are typical of our cooking experiences with Relish!
This recipe was good enough to make me (momentarily) consider another mammoth bag of mediocre Grannies, but then I realized how wonderful it might be with fresh orchard apples. If you try it, let me know, or, even better, invite me over.
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