Recipe by Chef Cris Mendez
This is a very sweet and rich tasting, classic Jewish cake. As the sugar melts and caramelizes, and as the apples soften and produce juice, the cake will bake up into a moist and dark treat.
Top Review by Sydney Mike
Pretty much followed this very easy recipe, & was going to freeze half of it, but my son talked me into letting him take some of it home with him! We enjoyed everything about this, but then we all have a sweet tooth, so... I used Medjool dates, Fuji apples & a homemade applesauce for a GREAT TASTING CAKE! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Bargain Basement tag]
- 2 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3⁄4 cup chopped dates
- 3⁄4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 2⁄3 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1⁄3 cup canola oil (you can use corn or vegetable oil)
- 1⁄3 cup applesauce, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 medium apples (preferably Fuji or Granny Smiths)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF, with a rack in the middle of the oven. Grease a 12-cup fluted tube pan (Bundt pan).
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir in the dates, nuts and sugar.
- In a large mixer bowl, beat the eggs, egg whites, oil, applesauce and vanilla until well blended.
- Peel, core and chop the apples into dices, sprinkling with lemon juice as you cut them (to keep them from turning brown). Stir the flour mixture into the eggs. The batter will be very thick. Stir in the apples.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 65 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with no moist crumbs attached.
- Cool on a rack for 20 minutes and then invert.The cake can be made 2 days in advance or frozen for up to 3 months.