Ah, Christmas! Dontcha just love it?! The colors, the textures, the smells, the tastes… It’s just a feast for the senses!
Recently my 2 youngest children were in a production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. It was wonderful, and we so enjoyed watching our youngest daughter just bloom on-stage as the colorful and wise-crackey character “Gladys”.
Anyway, the climax in the play centers around applesauce cakes, made by ladies at the church, that burned and created smoke in the kitchen. And not just “some” smoke, either, but enough to warrant calling the fire department! But you have to see the story to appreciate it…
Of course, after the final performance, the actors’ moms wanted to throw a little cast party, and I thought it’d be fun to make some applesauce cake (but, hopefully at least, not burn it!). I found this great recipe and made it both with and without nuts. Even without the icing (the recipe for which I included below), it was a treat for the senses…moist and golden and spicy-smelling… Yumm-MEE!
So for your holiday culinary enjoyment, here is a wonderful recipe for Applesauce Cake*:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 cup golden raisins or raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13×9-inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine all cake ingredients except raisins and pecans in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until ingredients are moistened. Beat at high speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Stir in raisins and 1/2 cup pecans.Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is firm to the touch and edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely.
Frosting: (optional) Melt 1/3 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring constantly and watching closely, 4-6 minutes or until butter just starts to turn golden. (Butter will get foamy and bubble.) Remove from heat. Cool completely.
Combine browned butter, powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding milk and scraping bowl often, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Frost cooled cake. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.
Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Please tell us about it!
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