Tuesday, September 8, 2009


This is an old newspaper clipping found in my late mother's recipe files.

1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 cups peeled and chopped tart apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup cold coffee

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube pan and dust with flour. Tap out excess flour. Set aside.

Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended.

In a medium size bowl, combine the apples, nuts, and dates. Add the remaining flour and toss together until the nuts and fruits are well coated.

Add the flour mixture alternately with the coffee to the butter mixture. Begin and end with the flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Stir in the apple mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared tube pan and smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.

Frost with a caramel frosting or drizzle with a caramel sauce, if desired.

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