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ITJB Apple Cake for a nice break

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ITJB Apple Cake for a nice break

I said I was going to take a break and bake other things, and I am determined to follow through.  We made our annual pilgrimage to Apple Hill in the Placerville area of California, USA this past Saturday.  We go every year to buy fresh apples, eat too much apple pie, and enjoy the Fall season, mountain air, and fresh apples.  With a half bushel of Stayman Winesap apples we brought home sitting in a corner in the kitchen, I had to bake Aunt Lillian's Apple Cake from Inside the Jewish Bakery.  We are very glad I did, because this is really, really good!

The book says this is great with a cup of coffee for breakfast.  In the interest of thoroughness in testing, I had to try it.

The book is, of course, right!  This makes a great replacement for toast, and even for everything else, at breakfast.  It is light, sweet but not cloyingly so, and tastes like apple, not like cake with a bit of apple in it.  It does go great with coffee.

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OldWoodenSpoon

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ehanner

Nice Cake!

Eric

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OldWoodenSpoon

Thanks Eric!  The only problem with this bake is that it is shrinking.  Every meal that goes by it gets smaller!

OldWoodenSpoon

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linder

OWS, that is a beautiful cake!  I can't wait to try the recipe.  I'm planning on taking it to my quilt group meeting.  It looks really tasty.

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OldWoodenSpoon

at your meeting!  I suggest that you try the ring mold if you have the 9 inch size suggested in the book.  I baked in the 9x13 rectangular pan, but I think the ring would make a classier presentation.  Either way it will taste great.

Thanks for the kind words linder, and good luck with it yourself.
OldWoodenSpoon

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linder

The aroma of this cake baking in the oven is fantastic!  I did put it together in a 9 inch tube pan.  It's going to be a nice big cake!  I'll take pics, once out of the oven and removed from the pan.  I'm sure the quilty ladies will LOVE it!

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OldWoodenSpoon

I look forward to seeing a picture of the ring molded cake.  I'll keep an eye out for your post on it.
OldWoodenSpoon

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Mini Oven

I've been in love with that recipe from the first time I saw it with other testers.   I have a waiting bowl of apples picked with only Aunt Lilian's cake in mind...  It was the first recipe I went to when the book arrived.  

You beat me to it!      Now to get busy with those apples!

Mini O

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I'm sure you will love it Mini.

OldWoodenSpoon

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varda

I want some.    Apples around here were all picked by mid October.   California crop comes in later I guess.  -Varda

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OldWoodenSpoon

This Apple Hill is up at close to 3000 feet, so it is later for sure.  They also work hard to stretch it out, because it is as much or even more so a tourist business as it is an apple business.  Then they switch over to Christmas trees with a lot of farmed "You cut" opportunities.

OldWoodenSpoon

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FaithHope

Hey OWS- I love Apple Hill!!!  I went with my best friends family last year!!  We got apple fritters!  They were HUGE, and super yum!!  That apple cake looks awesome!  My dad LOVES apple anything!  I must need to get this book?!  Everyone is talking about it and it looks like a lot of good stuff is coming out!  Thanks for sharing!!! :)

Faith

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Where is ITJB Vienna Bread 17th Try?

;D

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OldWoodenSpoon

I promise you.  ITJB Vienna Bread is out there in the wings, grinning at me and just waiting...  Dark pans came yesterday, so I am sure glad I did not pay for expedited shipping!  The malt is not in yet, so I am still seeking other diversions.

OldWoodenSpoon

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linder

And a wonderful diversion it is!

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linder

OWS,

I'm going crazy with the aroma of this cake!  Gotta wait 'til tomorrow, must control urge to slice cake NOW!

 

 

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OldWoodenSpoon

Next time, put a small pan alongside the big one so you can sample it early  Or, take it sliced, laid out in a ring on a nice server and no one would ever know it was one piece short!  They might notice if it were two or three pieces short though. :)

Beautiful bake linder.  I knew it would look great in the ring, and you've certainly proven that.  Prepare for major kudos tomorrow.

OldWoodenSpoon

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linder

All good ideas, OWS.  Next time - a small loaf pan for taste testing, just to be sure I'm not poisoning anyone ;-)

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linder

The apple cake was a hit with the quilting group.  Everyone gave it two thumbs up!  The cake was sweet without being too sweet and the cake surrounding the apples was tender and light.  I might go for less solid apples (used granny smiths) as it was somewhat difficult to cut without tearing the cake apart(or else the quilt room needs a sharper knife!)  Also I think the cake in the 13 x 9 pan would not have that problem since it is not as high as the cake in the tube pan.  However it was so good, I had to have another piece tonight after dinner.  I can't wait to try more recipes from the book.