Friday, May 21, 2010

Fresh Apple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Cake

Its been some time since I baked a cake. So when I caught a break on Tuesday evening, I decided to pull out the flour, sugar, and eggs and have a go at it!! I baked a fresh fruit and nut cake with apples, pecans, and cinnamon. This cake is soft and spongy, but it also have a great crumbly texture. Its great with a hot cuppa but you can serve it as dessert with a dollop of fresh cream!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/2 apples, peeled, cored, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
11/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
3 egg whites
2/3 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
2/3 cup sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cooking oil (I used canola)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Method:
  1. Mix the chopped apples, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and chopped pecans in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, salt, baking soda.
  3. Beat the egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the add and the apple sauce and blend int until the mix is light and pale.
  4. Using a spatula, fold in the flours to get a thickish cake batter. Make sure there are no lumps and the ingredients are well blended.
  5. Gently fold in the apple-nut mix.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a loaf pan with oil. Pout in the cake mix. Pat to even out.
  7. Bake for around 11/2 hours or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. The remove and cool on a cake rack.
  9. Slice and serve.
This is one of my favourite cakes. I love the addition of fresh fruit to the cake batter. The apples, pecans, and cinnamon combine to give it a great pie like flavour. This cake stays well in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee!

I am sending this cake out to Priya @ Mharo Rajasthan. She is hosting Cooking for Kids - Whole Wheat with Fruit this month. This event is the brainchild of Sharmi. Make sure you stop by and contribute to this lovely event. Also sending it to Cathy who is guest hosting BYOB this month. This event was created by Sandy from At the Baker's Bench.

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12 comments:

  1. Very nicely baked cake. Must be delicious. Looks soo soft and spongy.

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  2. Scrumptious and prefectly baked cake looks super spongy and soft..

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  3. looks perfect and delicious.

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  4. Apu, a great looking cake dear and I love the flavors of apples and cinnamon together and of course pecan is just great. Please do send it to my CFK - WWF event which is going on in my blog as it is a perfect entry for that :)

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  5. I love that you've used healthy ingredients in this bread. It looks delicious!

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  6. Perfectly baked cake. Love the use of fresh fruits in bakes.

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  7. Looks delicious and what is not to like about the combination of apple, pecan and cinnamom?

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  8. looks really yumm with the fruits and nuts..

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  9. Cake looks really good...must be very delicious with all the fruits and nuts :)

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  10. It sounds delicious, Apu, but also like quite a bit of work - well, this comes from someone who bakes only v rarely so I guess it seems like a lot to me.

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  11. looks great and healthy...perfect!

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  12. Love fresh fruits in a cake ...love the smell of baked apples with cinnamon. U have a nice blog.

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