Sunday, February 20, 2011

Buttermilk Apple Cake (Healthy!)

I've mentioned before that Food and Whine is one of my favourite food blogs.  I often check for ideas before I go grocery shopping to help me with meal planning for the week.  This apple cake is one of my favourite recipes from the blog so I wanted to share it with everyone.  I am also feeling a bit under the weather and thought that apples have a reputation for good health so maybe a few slices of this cake will help me.  The first piece made me feel better at least!  It's also relatively healthy and packed full of moist apples which I love.  The cinnamon sugar middle layer doesn't hurt the overall taste either.

Here's the recipe:

Buttermilk Apple Cake

1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups finely chopped apples (leave skin on for more fibre)

Brown sugar centre:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until combined.  
  • Beat in buttermilk. 
  • In another bowl, combine flours, flax, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt. 
  • Add to buttermilk mixture and stir well. 
  • Add apples and mix until combined.  
  • Spread half the batter into a greased bundt pan. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle onto batter. Top with remaining batter. 
  • Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan.
*Instead of buttermilk, you can use regular milk and add about 1 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Trudy's Notes:  I used my KitchenAid mixer for this recipe and was just careful to only use the lowest stir setting when I added the apples.  I baked it for 40 minutes and that was perfect.  It really depends on your oven but any longer would have been too long in mine.

I had to take a photo of the cake before I cut a slice because I was amazed that it actually came out in one whole piece.  Here it is!

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