Spiced Apple Cake with Molasses and Walnuts

December 2, 2013
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One random Friday in October

We played hookie

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And ran away to pick apples & pumpkins at our local Berry Patch ..

Such a great day .. clear blue sky .. the crispness of fall in the air .. couples in wooly sweaters munched on their apples as they wandered about .. little kids with funny hats & apple cider ran through the pumpkin patch looking for the perfect one

Of course .. we came home with a crazy amount

Of everything

Spiced Apple Cake with Molasses and Walnuts - Best eaten on a Saturday morning .. with a strong cup of coffee .. and NPR

Between the apples overflowing on our kitchen counter  .. and the new Russian wheat flour I'd been anxious to try

Apple cake was in order

This is such a great recipe .. no oil .. just applesauce & yogurt .. whole wheat flours .. molasses and the other spices add complexity & depth to the flavor

Spiced Apple Cake with Molasses and Walnuts - Best eaten on a Saturday morning .. with a strong cup of coffee .. and NPR

Sweetness came from coconut sugar & our honey crisp apples .. by typical quick bread standards it wouldn't have been sweet enough .. but for us .. we called it wonderful

At times .. baking with whole wheat flour can leave your final product on the dry side .. not here .. moist light

Spiced Apple Cake with Molasses and Walnuts - Best eaten on a Saturday morning .. with a strong cup of coffee .. and NPR

So that Saturday morning .. as the sun came up .. I set to work ..

By the time The Chef got up .. the smell of a spiced apples filled the house

As we snacked away .. greek yogurt as a topper .. we decided it was best fresh & warm .. eaten directly out of the skillet ..

A strong cup of  coffee .. and .. of course .. NPR .. never hurts

Enjoy!

xoxo

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~ Adapted from Real Simple .. here

Molasses Spiced Cake with Apples

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c applesauce unsweetened
  • 1 cup graham flour ** or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 x-large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 4 large Honeycrisp apples peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 c walnuts toasted

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, whisk together the oil, molasses, coconut sugar, egg, ginger, vanilla and ½ cup boiling water.
  • Slowly stir in the flour mixture until just combined.
  • Add the apples last, folding generously to disperse evenly throughout the mixture. Pour batter into a cast iron skillet (or cooking vessel of your choice).
  • Bake for 45 minutes (or there about) until it passes the toothpick test.
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy as a dessert or breakfast/snack cake with a cup of coffee.
Serves: 10
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 210
Total Fat 1.22g
Carbohydrates 47.4g
Fiber 4.71g
Sugars 15.71g
Protein 4.39g
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