Cooking with Love

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Safta Tova's Apple Cake

The smell of apples and cinnamon always remind me of my childhood summers when we came to visit our Israeli Grandmother - Safta Tova.

The smell of them invaded every cell of my body, completely intoxicating me. She would put them in her kugel with raisins, in her yeast breads and of course - her cake. She had the worst oven in the world. Till now - I have no idea how she got that thing working without burining her cakes. But she did. And forever refused a new oven. When she finally did budge she put the old piece of junk out on the porch and yes.....continued baking in the old one.

This is her recipe for Apple cake:

Safta Tova's Apple cake
3 c. all purpose flour
pinch of salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. white sugar
3/4 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs, large
1/4 c. orange juice, freshly sqeezed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced - she always uses the granny smith which are tart
2 tsp. cinnamon
5 tsp. white sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a bundt pan.

Mix together the cinnamon and 5 tsp. of the sugar and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and 2 cups of the sugar.
Beat the egss and oil on medium speed. Add the orange juice and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture till incorporated.
Pour half of batter into the pan. Top with half of the sliced apples and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour the remaining batter over the top and layer the remaining sliced apples and cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 180 C for approx. 70 minutes.


giz said...

This cake makes me think of my mother in the kitchen making a cake that looks exactly like this one.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.


Lisa said...

Wow this looks sooooo good. I'm going to have to try it sometime and this weekend may be a good time. I really enjoy your blog, thank you.

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Anonymous said...

Chag pesach sameach!


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