Goodness, we had the most extraordinarily lovely weekend. It was probably 60 degrees. I did not wear my winter coat on any of the myriad errands I ran. The air smelled that way it smells when it warms up after the cold and you get a whiff of thawed earth and something sweet, perhaps sunlight. Ahhhh…. I am not ready to think about spring; being season-wise, I know there is a lot of winter left. But oh, my, what a lovely respite. I feel like I can almost bear to look at the seed catalogues!
What I am doing, primarily, is baking. I bake every weekend, usually muffins, sometimes breakfast breads or coffee cake. Last week, I was looking for a recipe in my cookbook and came upon Apple Pie Cake. This is an old recipe I got from my Aunt Gene.
My mother and her sisters all had their wedding dinners at the Park View Hotel in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Sadly, it appears not to exist anymore. Apparently this was served as dessert at the dinners and my grandmother asked for the recipe.
I always tell the age of a recipe by the proportion of sugar to flour. In this recipe, it’s one to one. There’s also an odd direction to put the soda in warm water, which I won’t do again. It works out better if I mix the soda in with the flour and other ingredients.
I’m not sure why it’s called apple pie cake, as it bakes up something like a cobbler would, though rather than pouring the batter over the fruit, it’s all mixed. The batter is also a bit stiffer than a cobbler batter would be.
It calls for 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 tsp soda in 2 tablespoons hot water, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp of salt (I might leave this out next time), 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup raw nut meats (I used walnuts), and two cups of sliced apples (I think I would chop them next time). Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until browned.
I mixed all the dry ingredients and all the wet ingredients, then folded them all in together. It baked up into a pretty dessert, and I think I will make it again with the edits I noted. I hope you all have a good week that includes your just desserts and that they’re as sweet as you want.