Thursday, September 29, 2011

Honey Apple Cake


We attended the Missouri River Outdoor Expo in Ponca State Park a few weeks ago.  My family looks forward to this excursion every year, because it's a weekend full of free activities and demonstrations.  We arrived early on Saturday morning and spent the whole day exploring the park and river.  In the past we have camped over, but the weather was uncooperative this year. 

In the historical recreation village a family of beekeepers were selling honey combs full of the sweet golden treat.  I was ecstatic!  I have been missing the honey man at our local farmer's market and I took advantage of the opportunity to get local honey.  I snagged a few blocks of beeswax, honey, and a chunk of honeycomb to cart home. 


The boys and I have been nibbling the honey comb, but I was aching to make a treat with my newly acquired honey.  I settled for this fall delicacy using local ingredients, except for the pecans.  Nebraska doesn't seem to have an abundance of these, but I could easily substitute walnuts.  (We need to visit my husband's grandmother in Texas soon and I hope to unload her yard of the precious nuts.)


Here's what you will need to make Honey Apple Cake:
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped and divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups peeled and diced apples (about 3 large apples)
  • Honey sauce (recipe down below)
  • ice cream-  this is optional, but really good!

Here's what you do:

  • Grease and flour a 10 cup Bundt pan.  Sprinkle half the pecans around the bottom.  Make sure the pan is the right size.  I had a small mishap with mine and the fire alarms were ringing!
  • Beat sugar, oil, and honey until well blended.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating until well blended.
  • Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices. 
  • Stir in the vanilla, pecans, and apple chunks.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 70 minutes. 
  • Cool in pan for 15 minutes and turn over.
  • While warm, prepare the honey sauce and glaze with about 1/3 of the sauce.
  • Serve the cool cake with ice cream and warm honey sauce drizzled on top.

Here's the recipe for Honey Sauce :

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Over medium heat, stir constantly and boil for 2 minutes.  Serve this sauce warm.  It tastes wonderful over ice cream and is a delight even without the cake!

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