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Irish Apple Cake Recipe

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3 cups cake flour (all-purpose will work for a heavier cake)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 to 6 oz butter
3/4 cups sugar
3 or 4 large Granny Smith apples (should be 2-4 cups cut up)
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar (to sprinkle on top of cake)

For this Irish apple cake recipe, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8 to 9 inch pan with oil or coat with butter (round and square both work)
Using a larger bowl than you normally use, sift the cake flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg.
Cut the butter into the flour and rub it in using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs (note use 6 ounces of butter if you use all-purpose flour).
Toss in the sugar and mix it through the flour.
Peel and slice the apples into similar sized pieces (if you are moving slowly you can sprinkle your apples with lemon juice to keep them from browning).
Add the apples into the flour mixture and combine them thoroughly.
Beat the eggs and add a dash of milk. Add to the apples and flour and combine well with a large spoon.
Add more milk as needed to fully moisten the flour. The result is a pretty sticky dough.
Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of a large spoon.
Sprinkle two tablespoons of sugar over the top of the cake.
Bake the cake in the preheated 375 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. A toothpick or knife will come out clean when it is cooked and the top will be a lovely golden brown.
Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire wrack to finish cooling.

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You can add cinnamon or vanilla although this is not really an Irish way of seasoning. Some folks add walnuts, which make the cake more British.

In a pinch you can use 1 to 3 cups of applesauce instead of whole apples. Some bakers layer half the dough on the bottom, top with apples and nuts and spices, and cover with the other half of the dough.




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