Grandma's Fresh Apple Cake
This recipe is a family favorite, we even serve it for birthdays, just add a dusting of powdered sugar! My Grandmother Marguerite L.C. Seelhorst made this every time we came to visit. It is easy to make, and feeds a large gathering.
chopped apples, granny smith, or your favorite baking apple.
chopped nuts, either walnuts or pecans. may be omitted.
vegetable shortening, or half butter and half shortening.
all purpose flour
Grease and flour a 9 X 12 X 3 pan and set aside.
Peel and chop apples. You may add 1 tsp. of lemon juice to the apples to prevent browning. Chop nuts. Set aside.
Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and combine.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture a little at a time. Fold in the 3 cups of apples and the chopped nuts. The batter will be STIFF!
Place in the greased and floured pan. You will need to use a spoon or your hands to push the batter evenly into the pan. Don't worry, it will come out beautifully even though it looks lumpy!
Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cake is done when it is nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool on a rack. This cake is delicious served warm with ice cream! Let it cool a bit first though. It also travels well, allow it to cool completely.