My birthday this year was celebrated over the course of four days, with tostadas and cream puffs at my brother’s house on Friday, and then going out to dinner with Hubby & Little Boy on Monday. (My actual birthday was on Tuesday, but I had to work that afternoon.) However, since Applesauce Cake was on the menu for that day, I took the “opportunity” (try to never pass one up!) to have another little celebration of my own! I used Meg Dickey’s recipe for Soaked Applesauce Cake on Cracking an Egg With One Hand blog. Of course I can never let well enough alone, so I added an egg to the recipe even though it called for none. It turned out moist, light and delicious! I will definitely make this again.
Soaked Applesauce Cake (my version)
- 1 c. soft wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- 1 c. unsweetened applesauce (mine was chunky)
- 1 Tbls. whey
Mix together well in a bowl, cover and let sit overnight on the counter.
Preheat oven to 350. Mix well into the flour mixture:
- 1/2 c. melted butter or coconut oil (I used a combination of both)
- 1/2 c. sucanat
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 c. raisins or nuts (I did not use either of them)
Pour batter into a greased 8×8 pan. Bake for about 40-50 minutes till center is set.
I enjoyed a slice of the cake with a cup of homemade warm eggnog:
- Whole milk
- 1/2 & 1/2
- Egg yolks
- Sea salt
- Pure maple syrup
- Fresh ground nutmeg
For every mug of eggnog, use half a mug each of milk and 1/2 & 1/2, one egg yolk, a pinch of sea salt and maple syrup to taste (I like mine just barely sweet). Whisk in a saucepan over medium heat till heated, just starting to thicken, but not boiling. Sprinkle with nutmeg. This is wonderful warm but you could chill it for a more classic eggnog. Happy birthday to me!