We had an Afternoon Tea at church for our widows a few weeks ago. Even though I couldn't attend I knew I wanted something very special to make for these sweet ladies at our church. My friend, Sandra, told me about making this recipe from Southern Living so I knew it would be delicious. I hope you enjoy!
4 big apples (enough to get 3 cups chopped apples)
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinammon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
Peel and finely chop enough remaining apples to equal 3 cups. Set aside.
Stir together sugar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients; add to sugar mixture, stirring just until blended. (Batter will be stiff.) Fold in finely chopped apples and pecans. Divide batter evenly between 2 greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks. Makes 2 (9-inch) loaves. Prep: 20 min., Bake: 1 hr.
For a variation of this recipe make a coffee cake. Prepare recipe without pecans. Everything else will be the same except make a wonderful Caramel Frosting to be drizzled on the cakes.
Quick Caramel Frosting
1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a heavy 3-quart saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture reaches a pudding-like thickness. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans and drizzle over cakes.