|With Whipped Cream for Me|
Recipe by Gram and Robin
Have you ever been on a culinary quest that lasted for years? Trying to find an elusive recipe that you tasted once or enjoyed as a child, trying to recreate that recipe but not getting it quite right year after year? Giving up, then recommitting, looking at old cookbooks, hoping for divine intervention and, when all else fails, searching the internet? Such was my quest for my grandmother’s apple cake. With a vivid flavor and texture in mind, and recipes in hand, I made many delicious apple cakes (and one notable failure) that weren’t anything like Gram’s. Until two days ago, when a hole in the space-time continuum to 1968 opened up and I saw the light. How fortunate that this happened before the dinner party.
|Featuring Fabulous Apples|
|Gram's Apple Cake At Last!|
|Use Different Varieties of Apples|
|Apples Still Visible After Baking|
serves about 24
6 cups thinly sliced apples
1- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
1½ tbsp. sugar
1½ tsp. cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup soft butter
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
¼ cup milk or more
1 tsp. vanilla
whipped cream, optional garnish
Toss thinly sliced apples with 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use the greater quantity if apples are all sweet. Set apples aside.
Combine 1½ tbsp. sugar with 1½ tsp. cinnamon. Set topping aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9” x 13” baking pan.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.
Cream together soft butter and 1½ cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until completely smooth, using an electric mixer.
Beat in yogurt, ¼ cup milk, and vanilla with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in dry ingredients with electric mixer until smooth and well blended. Mixture should be thick, but not too sticky to spread into pan. If too thick, stir in additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time until batter can be spread into pan.
Turn batter into prepared pan and spread out evenly with spoonula or spatula.
|First Middle and Ends, Then Subdivide each Section|
Sprinkle top evenly with cinnamon sugar topping. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t overbake!
Cool. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.