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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nash Holos recipe: Apple Cake

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Here’s a great recipe to help you get your daily dose of apple ... but fair warning: it’s so yummy that you may want to have a double dose or more! :-)

Judy got her first taste of this scrumptious cake in Ukraine on her first visit there in 2002. Her cousin made it for her using apples from the tree in her yard.

If you don’t have your own apple tree, store-bought apples will do just fine. The recipe for this apple cake works well with pitted cherries, plums or sliced peaches or pears. It’s great served with sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.

On the July 19 broadcast of Nash Holos, Judy shared an interesting anecdote about her trip as well as some neat trivia about apples on Ukrainian Food Flair. The podcast is on the playlist page for download or streaming and will be there until about August 16. The separate Food Flair segment will remain on the features page until the site is updated after next Sunday’s program.

In the meantime, here’s the recipe:

1 ½ cups flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/3 cup butter
1 large egg, well beaten
½ cup cream
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
4 tart apples, thinly sliced

Sift together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until crumbly.

Combine beaten egg with cream and stir into the flour mixture. Mix lightly, handling the dough as little as possible. Pat dough into a buttered 8x8 inch baking pan.

Pare apples. Slice very thinly and spread over the dough.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples. Dot with butter.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until fruit is tender.

Serves 6. (Or, you and a loved one!)

For added flavour, and a North America flair, sprinkle ½ cup of shredded cheddar over the top of apples before adding the cinnamon and sugar and popping it in the oven.


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