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apple cakeThis is a slightly modified version of Teddie’s Apple Cake from The Essential New York Times Cookbook via epicurious


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter (I’ll keep experimenting with a little less)
  • 2 cups sugar (all white or 1 c white and 1 c brown)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • at least 3 cups peeled, cored, and thickly sliced apples, 5 is probably better
  • 1 cup raisins or cranberries
  • you could try adding 3/4 cup of apple butter
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch tube pan. Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.

2. Beat the oil and sugar together in a mixer with a paddle (or in a bowl with a hand mixer) for 5 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is creamy. Stir in the dry ingredients. Add the vanilla, apples, and raisins and stir until combined.

3. Turn the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before turning out.

4. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Cooking notes: 
If mixing the batter in a mixer, use a paddle attachment and turn the speed to low once you add the flour mixture, or the texture of the cake will be tough. Even better, mix the rest by hand.

The recipe called for Red Delicious or McIntosh apples, but I’d recommend a variety that’s brighter in flavor and firmer in texture, such as a Honeycrisp, Macoun, or Granny Smith.

The apple slices can be halved if you want a more uniform texture.

This cake can be eaten at any time of day, including breakfast. If you serve it for dessert, the recipe suggested a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. I prefer to whip 1/2 cup of heavy cream to soft peaks, then fold in crème fraîche to taste.

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  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 medium size apple shredded (I usually peel it first)

Beat eggs well and combine with milk.  Mix the first 6 ingredients and slowly add to the eggs and milk.  Add melted butter and beat slightly with rotary beater.  Blend in shredded apple.  You can mix a little lemon juice with the apple to keep it from discoloration.  Batter will be thin.  For each pancake drop 2 tablespoons of the batter onto a lightly greased hot griddle.

This is really a guilty pleasure. Yum.


  • 3 cans biscuits
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 t cinamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • little brown sugar


  1. Cut biscuits into quarters
  2. Combine sugar and cinamon
  3. Shake biscuit pieces in mix and place in bundt (or similar) pan
  4. Add brown sugar to mix to make one cup
  5. Melt butter, combine with sugar mix, boil
  6. Pour over biscuit pieces in pan
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 mins

Eat right away.