“My grandmother was a reporter in New York before she got married and moved to Montana to start a new life on a ranch,” writes Joyce Litz of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “At the time she didn’t know how to cook, and learning wasn’t easy — the place didn’t even have running water. Still, she appreciated good food, so she persevered and became a great cook. Later my grandmother taught me ranch-style cooking, a lot of which involved getting simple but flavorful, hearty meals ready in a hurry.”
Boost the payoff with a scoop of ice cream.
Makes 12 servings.
- 2cups sugar
- 1/2cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2large eggs
- 2teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2cups all purpose flour
- 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2teaspoon salt
- 2pounds golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, coarsely grated
- 1cup walnuts, toasted, choppedpurchased caramel sauce, heated
DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract in large bowl until smooth. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and beat just until blended. Stir in apples, then walnuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
Bake cake until top browns and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool in pan.
Cut cake into squares and serve with warm caramel sauce.