Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fresh Apple Cake

This is the first recipe I have made using the apples we bought at the mountains this past weekend. It comes from good ole Paula Deen from the latest issue of Good Housekeeping. Like all her recipes, it's very, very good. I would definitely make it again and again. Even though she uses a 10 in tube pan with a removable bottom, I used my usual Bundt pan since I did not have the other kind. It came out just fine.

I'm looking forward to seeing the new horror movie "Paranormal Activity" this weekend. I am a horror movie fan and this one looks good. I've also just seen the movie "Twilight" (better late than never) and it was great. I had seen the preview recently for the sequel which is opening in November and knew I would want to see that. I was telling a coworker at work how much I liked "Twilight" and she brought in the book for me. I just started it and love it. Usually I only read non-fiction but I'm enjoying this. Evidently, I must have been living on Mars for quite a while since I didn't even know that this series of books existed!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! If you live down here in Virginia it's supposed to be cold and raining.....good movie weather!

1 cup chopped walnuts
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 1/2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples (from 3 medium apples, cored and peeled)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat 10 inch tube pan with removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray with flour.
Place walnuts in 15 1/2" by 10 1/2" jelly roll pan; toast in oven for 7 minutes or until golden and fragrant. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, combine walnuts, vanilla, cinnamon and 3 cups of apples. Reserve remaining 1/2 cup apples (only if you are using removable pan).
In large bowl with mixer on medium-high speed, beat granulated sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, scraping bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Beat 1 minute longer or until well combined. With spatula, fold in apple mixture (batter will be thick). Spoon batter into prepared pan. Scatter remaining apple over top of batter; with fingers, press into top of batter (only if you are using removable bottom of tube pan).
Bake 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Unmold cake and transfer to cake plate. Dust cake lightly with confectioners' sugar to serve.


Palidor said...

Yum! Lovely apple cake. Let me know how you like the movie this weekend! I like horror movies too, but they're so hit or miss... and usually far more misses!

Jenn said...

Apple cake would be good right about now. Yum!!!

I have still yet to see Paranormal. Been hearing a lot of things about it lately. Have fun!

Denise said...

This is perfect we just got granny smith apples. I, also have just been turned on to Twilight and now I am obsessed. I think I read all 4 books in 5 days. I couldnt stop. I have the movie and have watched it several times, the books are better, more detail. A friend of mine has already pre purchased tickets for opening weekend of new moon fo us . I love them all!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Wow what a great looking cake, I must make it, if it is Paula Deen we know it's good! p.s. tell me what you think of Paranormal, they ae not showing it locally

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Beautiful cake.
Can't wait to see what other apple recipes you come up with. Have a great time at the movies.

Coleen's Recipes said...

PERFECT post for this time of year. The cake looks delicious.

Donna-FFW said...

This is so similar to a bread I just posted. This looks So delicious!! I adore baking with apples almost as much as banans.

Cassie said...

Yum, that looks delicious -- so moist and seasonal! My brother saw Paranormal Activity last weekend and said it was REALLY scary. Have fun!

Pam said...

It looks lovely and delicious.

teresa said...

so yummy! i love it. anything with apples in it has me sold!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a delicious apple cake! It looks so moist and yummy. I have nightmares from scary movies! Your brave!

Belle & Ward said...

Apple cake! We've been meaning to go on a pick-your-own outing - this will be perfect! I haven't read Twilight yet but it's on my bookshelf waiting ... ~ Belle

Anonymous said...

I actually did not like Twilight at all. And scary movies...scares the hell out of me and I get nightmares. lol, I'm a wimp!

But that apple cake...Wow, I just wish my macbook had smell-o-vision!

Sophie said...

OOOOOh Debbie: your apple & walnut cake looks so fabulous & tasty too!

Just pure indulgence!!

Katy ~ said...

My word verification is "makina" so I guess I'm makina this cake soon!!!

noble pig said...

How awesome is this! Tis' the season!

Monica H said...

everyone is making apple cake. I need to jump on the wagon and make some too!

My brother went to see Paranormal Activity and he said the audience screamed and shouted through the entire thing. He said one guy was crying, so he got up and left. I was supposed to go see it with a friend of mine tomorrow but she's sick :-( maybe next week.

Kerstin said...

Mmm, apple cake is the best and yours looks great!

Ingrid said...

That's way too much cake for you guys! Let's see how well it ships and send us a big hunk!

I loved the Twilight series and thought the movie good but not great. I do though have every intention of seeing the second! :)

George Gaston said...

‘Tis the season for apple picking and making good things to eat with them; looks like you have passed on a terrific apple cake recipe, which I’ll definitely be trying. Thanks and look forward to reading through more of your fantastic recipes on your blog.