ITALIAN APPLE CAKE
Ingredients 2 large Gala apples, peeled and chopped Orange juice to soak apples in 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup sugar 1 cup Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 large eggs 2/3 cup gold raisins, soaked in warm water for 15 minutes and then drained well Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chopped apples in a bowl and add orange juice; just enough juice to toss and coat apples so as to prevent browning. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside for now In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, add sugar and Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Mix on low for 2 minutes until well-combined. While mixer is on, add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix another 2 minutes until mixture increases in volume. In the large bowl with the dry ingredients, make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Add the wet mixture (the sugar and olive oil mixture) into the well. Using a wooden spoon, stir until just blended; it will be a thick batter (do not add anything to loosen it). Drain raisins (which have been soaking in water) completely; and rid apples of excess juice. Add both raisins and apples to the batter and mix with spoon until well-combined. Batter will be fairly thick. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Spoon thick batter into the pan, and level the top with the back of your wooden spoon. Bake in 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick or wooden skewer comes out clean. Cool completely in pan. When ready, simply lift parchment up to transfer cake into a serving dish. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.