Apple Pecan Cake

Not overly-sweet … great with a cup of coffee or tea. Could substitute toasted almonds for the  pecans. Perfect to welcome Autumn!

 

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease & flour a Bundt pan.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar

In large bowl, “cream” sugar and butter — which means to stir to combine and incorporate some air so that the result is light and fluffy — either by hand or with electric mixer. I tend to do all mixing by hand because I find that when I use an electric mixer, bits of buttery sugar fly out all over my kitchen counters and walls.

  • 4 eggs

Add one at a time, stirring well after each addition

In separate bowl, combine the following by stirring with a fork to break-up any lumps (I don’t usually sift my dry ingredients):

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (I buy this at Trader Joe’s)

In separate small bowl, combine:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup grated apple, grated on the large holes of a box grater. I grated 2 medium-sized peeled sweet-tart apples (like Braeburn, Cortland, Jonagold)

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Add 1/2 of dry ingredients to butter-sugar-egg mixture. Stir only enough to combine. Do not over-mix.

Add 1/2 of liquid ingredients. Stir only enough to combine. Do not over-mix.

Repeat, by adding remaining dry ingredients and stirring only enough to combine, and then finishing with liquid ingredients and stirring only enough to combine.

  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Pulse nuts and flour together in food-processor, until pecans are chopped fine.  The flour prevents the nuts from turning into “nut-butter” (like peanut butter) in the food processor.

Stir chopped nuts into cake batter, stirring only enough to combine thoroughly.  Distribute batter evenly in greased & floured Bundt pan.

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Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 55-60 minutes. After 25 minutes rotate pan 180-degrees, in case there are hot spots in your oven. After 55 minutes check for done-ness by inserting toothpick or wooden skewer to see if it comes out with no liquid / dry crumb. Last test for doneness is that the cake should spring-back when pressed lightly, be slightly browned, and should have pulled away slightly from edges of pan. Bake additional 5 minutes, as needed, until cake is done.

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