Tell Me Again

23 Jun

This afternoon my very best friend called to ask my help with a cooking question. She wanted to make an applesauce cake, using her mum’s old recipe, which called for a “one pound can of applesauce”.

Well, they don’t sell the stuff in one pound cans any more, and she was totally stymied as to how much she should use in this recipe. I got out two of my cookbooks, and we compared the amount of flour versus the amount of applesauce each one required. I went on-line an did a search for “how much does a cup of applesauce weigh” It’s 8.9 ounces, if you ever need to know – and all sort of to-ing and fro-ing.

And then it dawned on me. “Why we are doing all of this? Don’t you have a scale hanging on your kitchen wall?”

Oh, crap!

We both just roared with laughter, as she has not only one kitchen scale, but two.
I never did get her mother’s recipe, but if you ever want to make my applesauce cake, this is the recipe. It’s not an “everyday” cake, but if you are having company or want to bring something nice to coffee hour after church, this is the one.


1/2 cup butter or margarine                           2 cups sugar

1 whole egg, and 2 egg yolks (hang on the whites; you’ll need them later)

2 -1/2 cups flour                                                 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons salt                                            1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon                                     1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoons allspice                                        1/2 cup water

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and yolks and beat well. Add the flour, etc. alternately  with the water.  Stir in 1 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

Pour into a greased 9 x 12 pan and bake at 350º for 60 minutes, or until it tests done.

WHILE THE CAKE IS BAKING: Beat your two egg whites with 2 cups of brown sugar. When they begin to make soft peaks beat in 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Spread the meringue over the HOT cake, sprinkle with 1/2 half cup nuts – pecan are best – and bake at 400° for about 5 minutes, until golden brown.


One Response to “Tell Me Again”

  1. Garfield Hug June 23, 2020 at 2:54 am #

    Sometimes the kitchen gadgets we have, eludes us! I am glad you both had fun and especially enjoyed a good laugh! You are a pretty good chef and I would love to try your recipe except I am clueless in baking haha!

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