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Need Lots of Help With Century Old Apple Cake Recipe!


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Need Lots of Help With Century Old Apple Cake Recipe!

sivyaleah | Jun 9, 2006 11:09 AM

My 100 year old grandmother made a very simple, but wonderful apple cake. I remember her doing this since I'm small and I'm now 47.

She is just too old and frail now to make it any longer, but she did pass the recipe on to us years ago. Unfortunately, it was without exact measurements.

My sister watched her make it several years ago when she was still an energetic 85 year old, writing down as she went through the steps and came up with a close approximation. However, try as she might, it has never came out nearly as enjoyable as my grandmother's original ever was. As a matter of fact, I didn't think it was very good at all.

So, perhaps some of you more professional bakers could give me some clues how to go about making this work right. It is supposed to be a rather dense dough. I've made some notes next to those things which don't make sense to me.

Here's the ingredients:

1 Grated Whole Orange - Yes, 1 whole orange! I can't believe this but she swears this is right. I would personally would NOT use the pith.

3/4 cup oil - What would the best oil be? I'm sure she used corn oil, it's the only thing I remember being in our house. Seems too highly flavored for this.

2-3 eggs - Gramma said 3, my mom said 2. Split the difference based on how the dough looks?

3/4 sugar

2 or so cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder - Somehow, I think the baking powder should be sifted into the flour first? Maybe this might help the texture?

Cut up apples and sugar - Big mystery here! How many apples? How much sugar? What kind of apples? My sister said when she made it she did not use enough. how many pounds would be correct for a cake? What are good cooking apples? I don't do much baking at all so I'm really at a disadvantage on this point.

Pan - it requires a deep round pan, 9" or so? Maybe use a springform?

My sister used her Kitchenaid, my grandmother did this by hand. She can't believe she did it by hand - it would have been very difficult! I'll be using my Kitchenaid - any tips on speed? It's new, I haven't even used it yet. Bread hook?

1. Mix sugar and oil together well.
2. Add each egg, mixing each egg in before adding the other.
3. Add the entire orange.
4. Add flour mixed with baking powder.
5. Knead/process - don't know for how long!
6. Divide dough into 2 portions.
7. Oil and flour pan.
8. Place 1 portion into pan and press dough down.
9. Poke holes in dough w/fork in bottom layer and layer in apples.
10. Place 2nd layer of dough on top and fork prick top.
11. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, approx.

Any help anyone can give me would be more than appreciated!

Next stop - trying to get her blintzes recipe going!


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