Friday, September 24, 2010

Apple Cake for Michaelmas

The following recipe was submitted by Abigail Burke, from Elk Grove, CA, for publication here at Catholic Cuisine. Thank you Abigail!

Michaelmas (September 29th, now known as the Feast of the Archangels) is often associated with the end of the harvest, so you can make a lot of wonderful autumnal dishes for this feast. Although apple and blackberry pie is the traditional dessert for Michaelmas (see Joanna Bogle's Feasts and Seasons), here is another option using harvest apples:

Apple Cake with Carmel Glaze

For Cake:
1 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
3-5 cups peeled and chopped fresh apples

Combine the oil and sugar. Add well beaten eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda, then add dry ingredients to sugar mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts and apples. Pour into bunt pan and bake at 325 until done, about 65 minutes.

For Glaze:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cream

Place butter and sugar in a double boiler and allow to melt, blending well. Add cream and bring to a boil. Cool, then add vanilla. Pour over cooled cake.

Hope you enjoy!
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  1. I forgot to mention the batter will be very dry--more like a dough really. That's normal as the apples will add most of the moisture while cooking. Thanks!

  2. looks delightful. i can almost smell that apple smell from here!

  3. Yum! Sounds delicious!

    I'm always looking for new ways to use our apples. Thank you!

  4. Wow! That both sounds and looks delicious!

    Great blog!! Happy I ended up here!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  5. This is an interesting and awesome catholic blog! Am lucky to have stumbled upon it. I love the recipes I have read so far :)

    Catholic Pilgrim

  6. I made this today with my four year old son. WOW. It was/is really amazing. We all love it. My husband is a huge fan. He couldn't get words out for the longest time. It's delicious, and the caramel glaze...oooooh. Thank you for sharing!! :)