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Aug
28
2009

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for August 28-September 4

As many of you might already know, September is National Apple Month, as well as National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Chicken and National Biscuit Month and to be celebrated to it’s fullest: National Sewing Month! More on that later.  Back to the apples. According to USApple.org, in 1996,  the months of September, October and November were proclaimed a three-month promotional window to enhance consumer awareness and usage of apples and apple products.  Personally I don’t need prompting!  I am so happy when there are more apple varieties to choose from and even my little grocery store gets nice baking apples.

For your first recipe, in honor of the apple, I want to give you my Mama’s Fresh Apple Cake.  I have posted this recipe before – but it was over two years ago so maybe some missed it.  It is one of my very favorite cakes of all time.  And so easy.  My mom always used Red Delicious Apples and while, they are not listed as the best cooking apples, I never heard a soul complain about them in this cake!

Mama’s Fresh Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a tube pan.  I use one like this:

tubepan

  • 4 cups apples chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 3/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Pour sugar over apples and let stand.  Beat 2 egg whites until stiff.  Add egg yolks and stir.  Add cooking oil to egg mixture.  Beat well and let stand.  Mix together pecans, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Pour egg mixture over apples.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir with wooden spoon.  Bake at 350 in greased and floured tube pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tests done.

This cake is better the second or third day after baking! I guess it is.  By the third day it is usual long gone!

Your second recipe for this week will continue to celebrate the apple!  Other challenges this month will feature rice, potatoes, biscuits and chicken.

Pot Roast with Apples

1 beef pot roast, about 3 to 4 pounds
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
3 whole cloves
4 med. apples, cored and quartered (leave skin on)
1 sm. onion, sliced
1/2 c. apple juice or cider
3 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. water
Preparation:
Trim all excess fat from roast. Lightly rub top of meat with vegetable oil. Sprinkle meat with the salt, pepper and ginger. Insert the whole cloves in meat. Place apples and onions in the bottom of the Crock Pot and put the roast on top of the apples and onions. Pour in the apple juice. Cover and cook on a LOW for 9 to 12 hours, until tender. Remove the roast and apples to a warm platter when fully cooked. Turn the slow cooker to HIGH. Make a smooth paste with the flour and water and stir the paste into the liquid. Cover and cook until thickened. Pour gravy over roast when serving. Makes about 6 to 8 good sized servings.
1 beef pot roast, about 3 to 4 pounds
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
3 whole cloves
4 med. apples, cored and quartered (leave skin on) – I am going to use Fuji
1 sm. onion, sliced
1/2 c. apple juice or cider
3 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 350. Trim all excess fat from roast. Lightly rub top of meat with vegetable oil. Brown on all sides in a skillet with just enough oil to keep it from sticking.  Remove from skillet and sprinkle meat with the salt, pepper and ginger. Insert the whole cloves in meat. Place roast in a roasting pan that you have sprayed with Pam.  Place apples and onions around the roast.  Make a paste with the flour and water and mix with apple juice or cider. Pour this over the meat.  Cover and bake 2 – 2 1/2 hours,  or until tender. Check a couple of times through out the baking to be sure it isn’t getting dry.  You may need to add a bit more cider or water.
Remove the roast and apples to a warm platter when fully cooked, slice and pour the gravy over the slices. Makes about 6 to 8 good sized servings.
I am going to serve this with mashed potatoes and salad.

There you go!  Hopefully where some of you live it is cooling off a bit.  The first part of September is sometimes the
hottest time of our year.

Watch for a post this weekend about National Sewing Month.  This years theme is “2009 – Reuse, Remake, Restyle”!  I am working on some fun things and some giveaways to go along!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.  I hear thunder in the distance so mine seems to be starting off with a bang!

Monday will be the drawing for August’s Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver winner.  So remember if you make either of these recipes over the weekend, let me know so I can add your name to the jar.

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Oh yum Susan. Both really delicious looking recipes!

Denise

Recipes look delicious. Can’t wait to try these Susan! Sounds like Autumn’s getting near to me.
My favorite time of the year!

I am making the pot roast today, it is looking and smelling great! I will have my pics up tonight:) I want to try the cake too though. may have to do that during the week. Great recipes Susan!

I ended up making the cake and it tasted really good! Looking forward to Friday:)