October 20, 2016
I had recently walked by Trader Joe’s at a miraculously non-crowded hour. I found their gluten free all-purpose baking flour. I wasn’t sure what I was going to bake with it but it was dancing around my head.
And then we went apple picking. I found a bounty of apples sitting on my dining table. Most people see apples and think apple pie. I love cake. A google search for apple cake recipes produced a great list. I decided to use elements from different recipes and settled upon this:
3/4 cup TJ’s all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4 large apples
2 large eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
½ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350.
Line and butter a spring form pan.
Cut up your apples. I cut them into big chunks. You can make them smaller if you like.
Combine the flour, baking powder and spices, and set aside.
Whisk the eggs until fluffy then blend in the sugar until the lumps are out. Add the vanilla and rum.
Alternately add the flour and butter a little at a time until it is all combined.
This is where you can add the pecans – my family does not care for nuts in their baked goods but I do!
Then stir in the apples.
Pour the lumpy batter into the spring form pan.
Bake for about 50 minutes – check it to see if a knife comes out clean.
Let the cake cool completely – it will be tempting to want to jump in right away but it will fall apart if you take it out to soon.
Once it is cool you can take it out. If you want you may add fresh whipped cream but you really do not need it.