Autumn = Apples
Apples are everywhere now. Along with pumpkin and butternut squash, apples are the flavor of autumn for me.
And apples are the star in this recipe. What I like the most is that it’s a recipe written by two of my favorite early Food Network “stars”: Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. I loved their show, Too Hot Tamales. Along with Sara Moulton, they taught me a lot about good food.
On one of our visits to Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia, I came across one of their cookbooks at a great used bookstore (I don’t remember the name). I bought their book, Cantina: The Best of Casual Mexican Cooking and The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. I love bookstores!
Spiced Apple Cake with Guava Cream Cheese
1 cup grape seed oil, or other neutral vegetable oil
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups peeled, cored and finely chopped Granny Smith or other tart green apples
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
Guava Cream Cheese
1/4 cup guava jam
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10-inch round cake pan.
In a bowl, beat the eggs until frothy, either by hand or with an electric mixer. Add the oil and orange juice and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat using an electric mixture or with a spoon or spatula.
Fold in the apples and walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cover the top with aluminum foil if it begins to get too brown.
Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Then remove it from the cake pan and let it cool completely. Make the guava cream cheese: In a bowl, combine the jam, lime juice and cream cheese. Using a whisk, stir briskly until light and fluffy.
Place the cooled cake on a plate and spread the guava cream cheese evenly over the top.
Place the cake in the refrigerator for 15 – 20 minutes to let the cream cheese firm set.
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