The proper way to prepare for winter.

Sure there are lots of recipes floating around out there for healthy and nutritious apple sauce.  Or you can partake of the mouthwatering combination of a juicy, crisp apple with a wedge of cheese.  But it’s time to get serious folks.  It’s time to start packing in the calories in preparation for those cold, harsh, winter days.  Time to start insulating our bodies with a healthy layer of fat.  This is my way of helping you accomplish that.  

ALLEY SPRINGS APPLE CAKE

1 C. vegetable oil                                                      1 tsp. cinammon

2 C. sugar (yes, two entire cups of sugar)                 1 tsp. nutmeg

3 eggs, well beaten                                                   1 tsp. baking soda

1 T. vanilla                                                                1 tsp. salt

2 1/2 C. flour                                                            3 C. peeled, chopped apples

2 tsp. baking powder                                                 1 C. chopped pecans

BROWN SUGAR ICING (this is the good stuff!)

1 C. firmly packed light brown sugar                                           1/4 C. evaporated milk

1/2 C. butter (yes, that would be an entire stick of butter)          1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Generously grease a 9 x 13 pan.  In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar and eggs.  Add vanilla.  Mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and salt.  Blend into oil mixture.  Fold in apples and pecans.  Pour into prepared pan and bake  45 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.  Cool in pan.  To prepare icing, bring brown sugar, butter and milk to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Stir with a spoon until icing cools and thickens.  Drizzle over cake.  Eat and be thankful for the warmth this will bring you in the coming months, especially if you go back for seconds.  And I’m pretty sure you will!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. ellen kelley says:

    Yum..my sides just expanded. I will definitely have to make this. It is supposed to get down to freezing here tonight and I DO NOT LIVE in the freezing part of the world. It is a cold and damp place…but not as cold as where you are…well, we have been known to freeze a lot, but not like K.
    This sounds and looks so good. Thanks! I am unzipping my jeans as I type.
    p.s. is alley springs in Kansas?

  2. Rachel says:

    This sounds so good! I have an apple crisp recipe that I make a lot in the fall and winter, but I’ll have to add this one to the rotation! That brown sugar icing looks delicious.

  3. frida says:

    I love that car pic!!!!!! That is soooo cool!!!!!

  4. Patricia says:

    Some role model!! 😉

  5. Martha says:

    We did a bit of hunkering down into the change of seasons by making split pea soup this weekend! A definate cold weather soup!

  6. henny says:

    Hi Jackie! I had just pop out from Rachel’s blog.
    Nice blog of yours.. Your cake’s recipe seem easy enough to try. Here in Indonesia is starting rainy season and usually I like to cook warm soup and other easy recipe on this cloudy weather.
    Have a nice day!

  7. jacquie says:

    my oldest son is coming for dinner tomorrow…he would love this. i think i just changed the menu. thanks.

  8. threesneakybugs says:

    Lordy, that sounds good! I’m a sucker for spice cakes and adding apples to one sounds heavenly.

  9. mayaluna says:

    I’m crazy about apple cake…this one sounds insane! That brown sugar icing might just push me over the edge!

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