My dad recently commented on an apple coffee cake his mother used to make. Of course we didn't have the recipe, and Grandma is gone. So I asked an aunt of mine if she had it. She did some digging and found it in an old church cookbook (it was even credited to my grandmother). How about that? So I gave it a try, mainly to give some to my dad.
It turned out really good, and I'm not a big fan of baked apple recipes. It's easy too, and makes the house smell wonderful while it bakes.
Here is the recipe if you want to try it:
Lillie's Rome Apple Cake
1 1/2 C flour
1 C sugar
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1 t vanilla
1/3 C melted butter
1/2 C milk
3 (or so) apples, peeled and sliced; Rome, Jonathan, or MacIntosh
(I used Mac)
2 T flour
2 T softened butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C chopped nuts (opt)
Mix the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center; add egg, melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Mix well. Spread into a 9" greased baking pan. Arrange apples on top. Mix topping ingredients. Sprinkle over the top of the apples. Bake at 350 degrees (325 for glass pan) for one hour.
I did not try this, but my dad said Grandma would take any leftover cake the next day and make rusk. Okay, I admit it, I did not know what rusk is. Old-time term, I think. She would rebake the cake, sliced, I guess, to make toast out of it. My dad said it was really good. Hmm... sounds like a "dad" thing to me.
Enjoy the cake (and rusk)!
Linking to Mockingbird Hill Cottage and "A Favorite Thing" since tracking down an old family recipe doesn't happen too often!