Shortly after we moved to Reno, we kept hearing people talk about Apple Hill. Finally, one day we decided we needed to figure out what exactly this Apple Hill place was all about. Early one fall morning, my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I showed up at my dad’s house prepared for a road trip. For those who don’t know my dad, you have to understand that this means a FULL day packed with sightseeing and adventure. While I’m not complaining, I’m just saying that when you agree to one of these trips with Dad, you have to be all in.
We were all in for Apple Hill. The day started with a trip around Lake Tahoe and a quick stop at Emerald Bay. After a quick bout of car sickness, we continued on our way to Apple Hill. We arrived to find not only a great selection of apples, but also baked goods, nick knacks, and even wine. Yes, Apple Hill has a handful of wineries as well. When we discovered this little fact, we were sold on this place. At the end of the day, we were loaded up with a couple bushels of fresh apples and a couple bottles of wine.
While I don’t specifically remember Nana making this apple cake, I was so excited to find this recipe in her box of recipes. With our discovery of Apple Hill and bunches of apples around the house, we were on the lookout for new apple recipes. What better way to use up a few apples than with Nana’s Apple Cake? Apple cake is great because it has great flavor and great texture. The combination of apples and nuts give it a rustic feel (I leave out the raisins – they aren’t my favorite). We also quickly learned to make apple sauce, and also rediscovered my favorite apple crisp recipe (stay tuned) after our trip to Apple Hill. It turns out, the apples weren’t so hard to use up as we originally thought!
What is your favorite thing to do with fresh apples? Comment below!
Nana’s Apple Cake
1 cup sugar
½ cup cold water
1 tsp baking soda (dissolved in water)
½ cup oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cloves
1 ½ cup flour
1 cup chopped, peeled apples
½ cup raisins
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Mix the egg, sugar, water and baking soda, and oil in a small mixing bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and the spices. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Finally, fold in the apples, raisins and walnuts. Spread the mixture in a Bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Carefully transfer the cake from the pan to a plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar once cooled completely, if desired. Slice up and enjoy!