Nothing beats a morning working hard on a farm in the hot summer sun like a group potluck! Every Wednesday and Friday at Crabtree Farms (where I Workshare), the farmers share lunch together. Every volunteer and employee brings something to contribute. I love the different cooking styles, flavors, and passions; and am amazed that most everyone makes their dishes from scratch!
Anyway, I try to bring a variety of things every week. So one week I’ll make bread, another I’ll bring pasta, another I’ll bring fruit. Usually vegetables aren’t lacking since it’s a vegetable farm so I try to bring a protein or a grain. Dessert isn’t often provided either, though one volunteer in particular always brings wonderful Bakery cookies!
This week I thought I’d bring a dessert since we have so many apples from our tree. So I made Apple Cake.
I got the recipe from a Taste of Home cookbook my mother gave me when I got married. This was my first time trying this recipe but I’d had it doggy-eared for some time now. I modified it slightly, as you’ll see below, using oil instead of butter and adding coconut.
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour (1 wheat, 1 white), set aside 1/4 cup for apples
- 1 TBS cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 cups peeled and chopped apples
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a bundt pan or 13x9 pan.
- In a large bowl, mix the oil sugar and vanilla.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour (remember to put aside 1/4 cup), cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda. Pour dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients and stir 3 times (don't mix all the way yet).
- In the small bowl, add the apples and the 1/4 cup of remaining flour. Toss. Add to big bowl along with the coconut and fold the mixture until the flour is just combined (but don't overmix).
- Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 30-45 minutes (the recipe says 40-45 minutes but since I used a bundt pan it was different).
- Let cool for at least 15 minutes before popping out of the pan onto a cooling rack. Enjoy!