German Apple cake with drunken raisins
It's been a while I know but with the Fall season upon us , the weather is perfect for baking. With that in mind in the next few months I will be ( time permitting) posting new recipes that will be feature stews, soups and a variety of baked goods. This first recipe is one that we have tried a few times and have found to be a perfect dessert to bring to various family gatherings during the holiday season. Serves 6- 8 slices.
4 cups apples - peeled, cored and diced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (pre- soaked in rum or brandy for at least 30 min )
3 Tb rum or brandy
1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, slightly cooled
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Grease the inside of one 9" spring form baking pan with either baking spray or butter.
2: In one bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir together and set aside for a moment.
3: Beat the butter and eggs with an electric mixer in a mixing bowl. Then add the sugar and vanilla and liquor ( Rum or Brandy). Beat well.
4: Next slowly add dry mixture from the other bowl to the egg mixture and mix until combined. Fold in the apples and the raisins by hand.
5: Spread batter into prepared pan and cook in oven at 350 degrees for at least 50 or 60 min until cake tests done.
6: Remove from oven and let cool for 5 min. Gently use knife to run around edge of pan to make sure apples do not stick to side. Remove cake from pan and sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Enjoy.