Thursday, March 4, 2010

Recipe - Applesauce Cake

I felt so giddy when I got a recipe request; my first one tee hee hee. I cannot; however, take credit for these recipes as they are from the Joy of Cooking (I've just condensed it and only included the version I used) :o) This is my go to cookbook for many recipes; I always just try to put my spin on it.


Preheat oven to 350oF
Grease and flour or line with wax or parchment paper one (1) of the following pans: 9 x 2 round, 6-cup fluted tube or Bundt, 8 ½ x 4 ½ “ (6-cup)loaf
Whisk together dry ingredients in small size bowl:
1 ½ cups sifted flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
set aside.
Cream in large bowl:
½ cup softened butter
¾ cup +2 tbsp. brown sugar
Beat in:
1 egg
In three parts add flour mixture with:
1 cup applesauce
to wet ingredients.
Stir in:
1 cup chopped walnuts
Spread into pan evenly and bake according to pan size or until toothpick comes out clean:
Round: 25-30 min.
Fluted/Bundt: 40-45 min.
Loaf: 1 hr. – 1hr. 10min.
Cool on rack for ten minutes in pan; invert onto wire rack lined with clean dishtowel and paper towels to avoid tracks to cool for at least hour. Meanwhile, prepare Old-Fashioned Caramel Frosting.


Combine in medium saucepan; stirring until it simmers:
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
Simmer covered for 2 minutes, refrain from stirring to dissolve sugar. Using a candy thermometer simmer uncovered until syrup reaches 238oF (this takes a while), use a moistened pastry brush to remove any syrup from the side of the saucepan while heating.
Remove from heat and add:
2 tbsp. butter
Still using candy thermometer cool syrup to 110oF (45-60 min.).
1 tbsp vanilla
1 – 2 tbsp. rum or rum extract
Beat until spreadable yet drizzly thickness. Too thick add more cream. If it won’t thicken cool pan in a bowl of ice water while beating. Keeps in fridge 1 week; freezer 6 mnths (soften before using).

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