It's apple time here again. We took a ride up to the mountains again this past Sunday and picked up more apples. So I have another half bushel. I'm once again searching for apple recipes and came across this one at A Yankee in a Southern Kitchen. You can get the recipe either here or below. I didn't make any changes other than using prepared sweetened coconut and also adding a little cinnamon. It's very good and got rave reviews at work and from my husband. It did not last long!!!
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup butter, melted
4 large eggs
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups tart apples, (I used Fuji), peeled, cored and diced
1 cup fresh grated coconut (I used sweetened packaged)
1 cup chopped pecans
2 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
Butter and flour a 10 inch tube pan and set aside (I used a Bundt pan). Preheat over to 325 degrees with the rack positioned in the middle of the oven. Combine the melted butter, oil and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat the ingredients with a wooden spoon or whisk till well mixed. Add the eggs one at a time beating until mixed. Measure the flour, setting aside 1/2 cup for the apples. Add the baking soda and salt to the flour mixture and sift together to combine the dry ingredients. Using a little at a time of the dry ingredients add to the oil/butter and sugar mixture combining well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix till incorporated. Sprinkle the remaining flour over the apples and toss till coated. Then add the pecans and coconut and toss gently but thoroughly till mixed well. Fold the apples, nuts and coconut into the batter. Pour into the prepared tube (Bundt) pan. Batter will be thick. Tap on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hr 20 mins or until a tester comes out clean when put in the center of the cake. Do not open the oven till 1 hour of baking time to test. Let cool for about 10 or 15 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powder sugar when completely cooled.