Posted by: Zorymar | November 12, 2010

Ana’s Cake with Apples and Walnuts

Ana is one of my younger cousins and she’s also my confirmation god-daughter. When she was little, Ana had the wonderful opportunity to spend time around my grandmother’s kitchen. I think those afternoons she spent with Pancha, standing on a little wooden chair helping her do the dishes and watching her cook, had some influence in Ana’s appetite for cooking, and she’s pretty good at it too! This is her recipe: a “quick, easy and tasty” apple cake. This is a drier, chunkier kind of cake, I love it because it’s not too sweet and has that wonderful combination of apples and cinnamon. I strongly recommend you have a piece while it’s still warm and pair it with some vanilla ice cream. Here’s a picture of Ana back when she was “grandma’s little helper” in the kitchen 🙂

4 Granny Smith apples.
2 cups brown sugar.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
½ teaspoon vanilla extract.
¼ teaspoon salt.
2 eggs.
½ cup vegetable oil.
1 cup chopped walnuts.
¾ cup raisins.
2 ½ cups baking flour.

Preheat the oven at 350.
Wash, peel and dice the apples; put in a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract, mix well to coat the apples and leave to soak for at least 2 hours.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon to incorporate, followed by the oil. Next, add the flour and mix with the wooden spoon again. In a smaller bowl mix the chopped walnuts and raisins and add about a tablespoon of flour, just enough to coat them, then incorporate to the cake mix. Pour into a round springform baking pan previously coated with butter and sprinkled with flour, and into the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Pancha’s Tip: Coating raisins and nuts with a bit of flour before adding them to a cake batter helps to distribute them evenly when the cake is baking instead of having them all sink to the bottom of the pan.


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