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Apple Cake

I have been going through my mother’s recipes looking for my favorites, her specialties and other interesting dishes.  This one caught my attention because I happened to have a surplus of apples after a trip to a nearby apple orchard last weekend.

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups pealed and chopped apples
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
Vegetable cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, use a wire whisk to beat eggs and sugar until creamy.  Add oil, applesauce and vanilla to this mix and beat until smooth.  Add dry ingredients to mix until a stiff dough forms.  Stir in apples and pecans.  Pour into baking pan coated with cooking spray and lightly dusted with flour.  For a 9 x 13 pan bake 35 minutes.  For a 10 inch tube pan bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. (20 servings @ 215 calories)

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