Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Luscious Apple Cake

This past weekend I attended a meeting that was held at an amazing place that's called the LongHouse Bed & Breakfast. We were treated to a very fine luncheon too since the meeting was an all day sort of thing. I managed to come home with the recipe for the apple cake that we were served. It was divine! I asked if I might be able to get the recipe for this heavenly cake - and thankfully Patty shared it with me. It was her mother's recipe and it is probably the best apple cake I have ever tasted. I made it yesterday. It came out just as good as the 'original' so I had to share it with you. DH, who seldom says too much about most recipes I try said that this was "really good" - high marks from him!

Patty's Mom's Apple Cake from the Longhouse B&B

4 c shredded apples
2 c sugar
1/2 c oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs, beaten

Combine the ingredients above and then add:
2 c sifted flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 c chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1 c raisens (I used goldens)

Pour into a 13" X 9" greased baking pan and bake for an hour.
Remove from the oven - poke some holes in the top (with a skewer or cake tester)
and pour the following topping over the cake while it is hor.

TOPPING for Apple Cake

1/2 c sugar
1/4 c of condensed milk (not sweetened condensed - plain condensed)
1/2 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt.

Heat the ingredients gently until the butter melts and pour over the cake.
I doubled the topping recipe on the advice of another friend who has this recipe.
I used a brush to get the topping spread evenly & well.
I stirred the topping mixture for some time to get the ingredients to blend well.
This is not called for though

Here are a couple of photo's of yesterday's avian visitors. The feeders sunflower feeders are draining daily now. The GoldFinches are back (yeah!!) as are the Swallows. Summer is surely fast upon us! The hummingbirds are going through 5-6 quarts of solution a day !! Almost a part time job for bird care around here right now! I did not have my telephoto lens on - but I am hoping that I will be able to get some great GoldFinch photos soon. There were SEVEN on the feeder below! but you can only see four in the photo. They play rather nicely together!

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