|The last of my 2014 crop|
I didn’t have a lot left, which means I kind of mixed and matched for this recipe. That’s not a problem, because they differ in flavor and texture, and they all sort of even out in the end. The fact that they had softened with age didn’t matter with this recipe either, since the apples are shredded and put into the batter. One note: I’m not wild about peeling apples (or anything else, for that matter). My antique apple peelers are the exception, because they’re fun to use, but they work only on firm fresh apples, which these weren’t. So…I just cored them and shredded them in the Cuisinart without peeling. Hey, roughage is good for you, and as you’ll see, the skins more or less vanished in the cooking.
Three medium-sized apples yield 4 cups shredded fruit, if you use a food processor. This batter will be stiff, but it’s important to keep mixing until the apples and cranberries are evenly distributed.
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
10 Tblsp (1-1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 large apples, cored, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
|Shredded apples (with peel)|
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg to blend them.
In a stand mixer set on medium speed, beat the butter with the granulated and brown sugars until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. With the mixer set at its lowest speed, blend in the flour mixture.
You might have noticed by now that
most of us on MLK like to take pictures
of our mixer spinning
|Ready to bake|
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Go raibh maith agat!