Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cranberry Apple Cake #ChristmasWeek #Recipe @PegCochran

It's late afternoon but it's already nearly dark out.  Snow is lazily drifting down--big, fat flakes--and you can see twinkling Christmas lights through your window.  Suddenly, there's a knock on the door!  It's too early for Santa--who could it be?  Just then you hear voices raised in song and when you fling open your door, carolers are standing on your front walk.  They have brightly colored scarves tied around their necks, and their faces are ruddy from the cold.

They finish their song and you invite them inside for some cake and hot cocoa topped with whipped cream.  Fortunately, you baked this cranberry apple cake earlier that day!  It's still warm and glistens with the dark red of the cranberries.

Cranberry Apple Cake

This cake isn't terribly sweet and is perfect for afternoon tea. 

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sweetened apple sauce
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
Powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs and continue to cream.

Add apple sauce and mix well.  (Batter will look slightly curdled)

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in oatmeal and cranberry sauce.

Bake in a greased and floured 9" square pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.   Dust with powdered sugar.


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  1. This is definitely a recipe I should try, what with Ocean Spray down the road a couple of miles and my own apples still crowding the fridge. I agree with Lucy/Roberta--that's one eye-ccatching cover!

  2. I love everything about this post! Printing out the recipe now. Congrats on new series, Peg. Hugs.

  3. The cake looks delicious & perfect for Christmas afternoon tea! Thanks for the recipe. And thank you for writing Murder, She Reported but July's so far away!! I know it'll be here before we know it and I'm looking forward to reading the new book. Have a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Thanks, Linda, and Merry Christmas to you, too!

  4. Love the retro cover! What fun. Something new.
    This does sound tasty. I like the idea of it being a little warm. Mmmmmm

    1. Libby, it's lovely a bit warm! We couldn't wait to sample it!

  5. The recipe looks good, as does the book!

  6. What a fun looking recipe. Looks yummy. So does the book. and you have another new one in July? Is that a new series as well. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

  7. Um, I thought I'd give the recipe a try (on this wet dark day). But the instructions call for creaming the butter and sugar together and adding the eggs. But there's no sugar or eggs in the ingredients! I'm going to have to wing it!