So this year, my future found a way to catch up with my past, in the form of a moist, dense, comforting apple bundt cake. Life is like that. We are often chasing our tails, looking for stuff that was there all along. And finding a little piece of home in a brand new spot.
Grandma Elsie's Apple Cake
5 or 6 apples, peeled and cut into slices (due to Mr. C's generousity, I might have to try it with plums)
2 tsp cinnamon
5 tbsp sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil (canola or vegatable)
1/4 cup orange juice with pulp, fresh squeezed is even better
4 large eggs
(It's not in Grandma's recipe, but I might add the zest of half an orange...)
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F.
Peel and slice the apples. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, orange juice, oil and vanilla. Lightly stir flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Pour 1/2 of the batter into greased, 10" tube pan. Arrangle 1/2 of the apple mixture over it. Pour in the rest of the batter and arrange the remaining apples on top.
Bake for approximately 1h and 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let rest in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely.
Serves 8 to 10