Wow, two new posts in one night?! I must be procrastinating! Actually, I’m still thinking about that article about Vancouver housing costs….
Last month, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported that the average sale price of a single-family home was $705,141. Townhouses averaged $397,214 and condos sold for an average of $321,151.
Yeesh, I guess Cornelius and I won’t be owning a home ever in this city! Even most 1 bedroom condos are out of our price range. Instead of crying in my beer, this evening I decided to console my pain in some cake that I adapted from the New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant cookbook. And man, what a cake! Moist, flavourful and absolutely fantastic! So what if we will have to be renters forever, at least we have the best tasting cake…right?
fresh apple cake
Recipe adapted from New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant
1 1/3 c vegetable oil
2 c brown sugar
3 c flour (half whole wheat & half unbleached white flour works well)
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
¼ t ground cardamom
1 t cinnamon
2 t pure vanilla extract
3 T rum (the original recipe called for apple juice, milk or water)
3 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped walnuts (pecans, or almonds could be used instead)
2 T sesame seeds
1. Butter a 10-inch bundt pan, two 9-inch round cake pans, or one 9X13-inch sheet pan. Sprinkle the bottom and sides with the sesame seeds. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. Beat the oil and sugar and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, leavenings, and spices together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture along with the rum and vanilla, mixing well. Fold in the chopped apples and nuts.
3. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of the pan, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.