Saturday, March 12, 2011

Irish Apple Cake

This evening my husband and I ate out with our friends April and Wes. We went to a Korean restaurant and it was quite good. The only problem I often have with eating out is that I make many of the things myself at home. April and Craig both ordered the beef bulgogi. I think mine is just as good. We had the pork and vegetable dumplings for an appetizer. Of course mine are just as good (if not better!). My husband says I am missing the point of eating out which is to let someone else do the cooking and to just relax. I like to cook. Cooking is relaxing. The one thing the Korean restaurants do very well which I do not do at home is the kimchis. Kimchis are pickles and they put out a whole selection of them to go with your meal. I love them. I think I will put those on my to do list along with inviting April and Wes over for my bulgogi one evening. I will then post the recipe with pictures here. In the meantime, I am still celebrating St Patrick's Day so here is my offering of the day. It is Irish Apple Cake and it turned out scrumptious!

Irish Apple Cake

2 tbs raisins
2 tbs whiskey
4 tbs room temperature butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg at room temperature
1 large apple, diced (I used a red delicious because that is what was in the 'fridge and it was about 1 1/2 cup diced. If yours are smaller then use 2.)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp plus 1 tsp ground cinnamon divided
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix the raisins and the whiskey together in a small dish. Microwave for about 20 seconds and set them aside.

Grease an 8 inch spring form pan. Sprinkle in the 1 tsp cinnamon and lightly coat the inside of the pan.

Cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and then the egg until well blended.

Mix the raisins with the whiskey with the diced apples and add them to the butter mixture. Mix well. Add the walnuts.

Sift the flour and remaining ingredients together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. The batter will be thick. Spread in the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cool completely and remove from pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


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