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I just love apples.  Growing up, my mom made an applesauce cake that was just perfect for teaching us how to cook. It was simple and healthy. Recently I had  a craving for something sweet but wanted it to be very healthy. So, I took the recipe and tweaked it a bit for Sugar’s sake. You can go back to the original which has 2 cups of sugar, water and shortening, but I substituted the shortening for butter, and let the additional applesauce cover the water ingredient.
Simply enjoy. It is much more moist, a little paler in color and incredibly chewy on the sides. It was a great match. More apple recipes on the way.
2.5 cups Flour
1.5 cups sugar
½ t baking soda
1 ¼ t salt
1 t cinnamon
½ t allspice
½ cup butter softened
3 cups applesauce
2eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350˚ and grease a 13”x 9” glass pan with butter or shortening.
Mix dry ingredients together. Cream butter and sugar together, then mix in the eggs, and applesauce. Mix in dry ingredients in 3 small batches, mixing thoroughly between each.  Bake for 1.5 hours or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack.
Sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Or top with some vanilla ice cream, dusted with cinnamon sugar.

What to wear…….your dressy apron of course! I wear my Napa Dressy, it’s so perky!

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