1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dark rum
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I didn’t use vanilla. I used the remaining rum. Hello!)
2 teaspoons grated orange zest (2 oranges)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and 1/4-inch-diced (3 to 4 apples)
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel sauce, heated
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan.
- Place the pecans on a sheet pan and toast them for 5 to 10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Set aside. Combine the rum and raisins in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 60 seconds. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, and orange zest on medium speed for 3 minutes. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, just until combined. Drain the raisins, discarding the liquid. With a rubber spatula, fold the raisins, pecans, and apples into the batter. Spread into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool, cut into squares, and serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm caramel sauce. I added 15 minutes to the bake time. It’s dense.
* From the Recipe Box:
This is the perfect time of year for an apple cake. It was a good, but not excellent cake, however it is improving with age.
and remember what Henry Ford said: Thinking is the hardest work there is; that’s probably why so few people engage in it. Big kiss, Lynn