Although often thought of as a fall dessert, apple cake is good for celebrating the New Year too; think of it as sharing the last of the old year’s harvest bounty. Or maybe you need no more justification than that it will satisfy your sweet tooth and those of your guests.
4 cups peeled, finely diced apples
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional: 1 cup raisinsGrease and flour a large tube pan, and preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together first 7 ingredients. Combine flour, soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well, and add to apple mixture. Pour batter into pan and bake 1 hour. Allow to cool before serving.
See "New Year's Menu" for more recipes.
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