Mother’s Day today.
I made a loaf cake for my mother applesauce and walnut cake
I found that I needed to cook this for a further 15 minutes (covered with foil to protect the topping) before it was ready. When it was finally done the texture was perfect – soft and spongy. It’s not overly sweet and the walnut add just about the right level of crunchiness and interest.
- ½ cup room temperature butter (113 grams)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- ½ cup dates chopped
- ½ cup raisins
- Powdered sugar for serving if desired
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a 7 inch x 11 inch pan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl cream together the brown sugar and butter until combined well using an electric mixer, or a whisk or fork if by hand.
- Add the eggs, applesauce and lemon juice and continue stirring with a mixer or spatula until well mixed.
- Next add your dry ingredients including flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves and salt. Gently mix in an electric mixer or with a spatula until a batter forms.
- Now stir in the nuts, dates and raisins until just combined to give your cake a delicious texture.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Test to make sure your cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the cake. It should come out clean with no batter clinging to it. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to decorate if desired.