Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall on the Farm

Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cake
3/4 cup apples, diced
1 cup apple cider
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup flax meal or wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 cup applesauce
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
8 oz chocolate chips (personally recommend bittersweet chocolate)

Note: Best baking practices advise that you allow any cold ingredient like butter, eggs, and the applesauce to come to room temperature before adding.
Lightly grease a square 8"x8" baking pan. Preheat oven to 325ยบ.
Mix together the diced apples and cider in a small saucepan. Simmer until the apples become mushy and takes on a sauce-like appearance. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
Whisk together in a medium bowl the flours and baking soda.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg and salt. Add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove and whisk until mixture lightens a bit. 30 seconds or so. Slowly whisk in the melted butter. Follow by gently mixing in the applesauce and vanilla.
Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle a little sugar across the top if desired. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool to slightly warm prior to serving. Also, absolutely delicious cold straight out of the fridge.

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