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We are not the kind of people that get excited for Friday. We get excited for Thursday! That is because my kids only go to school Monday-Thursday, so our weekend starts on Thursday! It may sounds a little weird to not have your kids in school on a Friday but we love it. While the work on the ranch still goes on, the morning rush of getting school bags and lunches, shoes, hair combed, animals feed, scriptures read, and the hundred other things that happen in the morning done, Friday-Sunday we can go at a slightly slower pace. We still are rushing to find boots and hats and spurs but we are not going to get into trouble from the principle for being late. Just the boss man.

During the weekend I like to bake something that I don’t have time to do during the week. I still bake and cook during the week, but on the weekend I like to bake something new, or something that might be deserving of a little extra time taken.  This week, Irish Apple Cake made an appearance on the menu and my family loved it.

Now I will be honest and say that we are not a cake family. A lot of times when I make a cake it goes stale because, well its cake. When birthdays come around its usually pie or brownies that get chosen for the celebration dinner, but this cake? Not only did it get eaten but my family actually asked for it to be made again.

Loads of apples are held together with a thick dough to make a thick and wonderful cake that is perfect by itself or with a dollop of whipped cream or Ice Cream. The cinnamon and cloves of the batter not only add flavor to the cake but are perfect for the apples as well.

By leaving the apples in large chunks the cake comes out moist and full of apple taste and texture. There really is not a lot of cake batter, just enough to bind the apples and add some additional texture. Apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or golden Delicious work best for this cake as they do not go mushy as some other apples might and have a good tartness to balance the additional sugar in the cake.

So next time I have the weekend to make a cake, this one will definitely be at table!


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Irish Apple Cake
A wonderful apple and cinnamon cake perfect for a night time dessert or for snacking on.
  2. 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. 2. Grease and flour an 8" springform pan.
  4. 3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Make sure the bowl is large enough to allow room for the apples to be folded in.
  5. 4. Cut the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  6. 5. Add the ¾ C. sugar to the flour mixture and mix in.
  7. 6. Peel the apples and slice them into uniform pieces. This cake works best with apples that are cut into thicker pieces.
  8. 7. Toss the apples into the flour mixture and combine them thoroughly.
  9. 8. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Add to the apples and flour and mix in with a large spatula until just combined. Batter will be thick and dough-like.
  10. 9. Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of your spatula.
  11. 10. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the cake.
  12. 11. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Test the center for doneness. The top of the cake should be golden brown.
  13. 12. Serve the Cake hot or cold. This cake it great with whipped cream or ice cream.
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