Recipe by Mikel Norwitz
Mikel found this recipe when he was searching for ways to use up some of the crop from the two apple trees in our backyard.
The recipe is an adaptation from the "Scrumptious Apple Cake" in Light Cooking . The only substantial differences are the addition of egg yolk and butter, the use of homemade applesauce, and the replacement of sweetener. The original is a favorite recipe from Western New York Apple Growers Association.
The recipe makes 8 slices, each about the size you'd see on your breakfast plate at a restaurant that gives reasonable portions. One slice with tea makes a pretty good breakfast, or if you sweeten it up it would make a good dessert. It would also be good as a dessert served with ice cream.
3 eggs, separated
1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons), softened
3/4 cup sugar (alternately, 1 to 2 teaspoons stevia) or to taste (plain white powder)
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups tart apples, cored and thinly sliced (add lemon juice or zest if apples are tasteless)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place 2 cups of apple slices in a saucepan and partly cover with water. Simmer the apples until tender. Put them through a blender until evenly pulped.
Stir together egg yolks, sugar, butter, and applesauce. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Stir flour mixture and vanilla into applesauce mixture. Beat egg whites until slightly foamy in a medium bowl, and add to other ingrediants. Spread remaining apples in buttered baking pan or springform pan. Spread applesauce mixtures over apples.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
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