Cooking with Mamaw
Some of my great holiday memories are going to my Mamaw's house Thanksgiving & Christmas mornings to help her with the holiday meal. I once asked her to share her recipes for some of her "signature" dishes, but she didn't use recipes. She added a little of this and a pinch of that. So, I decided to bring paper and pen in the kitchen and write down what she was doing as she was cooking. That is how I learned how to make this recipe that she called Applesauce Cake.
Now, this isn't a traditional cake. It is more like a quick bread (think banana nut bread or zucchini bread). This cake is great with coffee. I love the smell of the spices in this cake.
Applesauce Cake Recipe
Here is what you will need:
1 stick butter (room temp)
1 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (natural apple sauce)
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
My Mamaw made hers in a cast iron skillet but I use either a loaf pan or mini loaf pan. The mini loaves are great for give aways. Be sure to grease and flour your pans. I use a baking spray like Baker's Joy.
In one bowl, cream the sugar & butter. Mix in the applesauce. Don't freak out if it looks curdled. This is how it looks at this stage when I make it:
In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix the flour-spice combo with a whisk or fork. Add the raisins and pecans to the flour mix. Add the 2 mixtures together and stir to combine. It will be a thick batter. A VERY thick batter:
Pour into a greased and floured bread pan (or mini loaf pan) and bake at 350 until toothpick comes out clean. If you use a cast iron skillet or bread pan, it will take about 50-60 minutes to bake. The mini loaf pan will take less time.