This past weekend we did our annual apple picking with friends. The apples this year were slim pickings as we had a warm winter which brought out the flowers early then we had some bad storms that knocked the flowers off. Then a lot of the apples have hail damage. But we managed to get 30 1/4lbs! So we have to do something with them! I decided to start with the apple cake. I got the recipe from the Pillsbury The Complete Book of Baking cookbook.
You can see the hail damage but they tasted just like they are supposed to be. Preheat the oven at 350 F and grease and flour a 13″ x 9″ pan. Peel and dice into small pieces enough apples for 1 1/2 cup. It was about 3 apples for me.
Mix 3/4 cups of softened butter with 1 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar. Just realised that I used a cup of butter. Came out ok though. 🙂 Then add 3 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla and mix together.
Then add 1 3/4 cup of flour. Mix then add the apples. I also added 1/2 cup of raisins. There is an option of adding nuts as well but we leave those out. Mix thoroughly.
Spoon into the pan. The recipe says pour, good luck with that. 🙂 The batter is on the thick side.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until the toothpick check comes out clean. 30 minutes worked for our oven. Let cool and serve.
Just under 30lbs of apples to go!