Caker dating 07

27 Jan

With a very sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off of each lemon.Put the cut-side down on the cutting board, trim the pith off the lemon, working vertically, going all the way around, exposing the pulp of the lemon. They illustrate the technique with an orange but it translates to any citrus fruit).My mother makes the best apple cake, and has for as long as I can remember.Big cinnamon-y chunks of apple nestle into a coffee cake I would call “unbelievably” moist, but really, should not be hard to believe considering that my mother is also the one who brought us another of the best cake recipes on this site, The Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Cake.Always err on the side of more zest than you need and do your best to avoid the pith as that will add bitterness.It doesn't take many swipes to get to the pith (white stuff) so go slow.I figured between the two of them and a few little tricks of my own, I'd have a solid contender.After all was said and done, this cake was almost what I wanted.

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And the recipe, it didn’t come from her mother or her mother’s mother (“My mother? Entirely crushed that the recipe involves no escapes from terror, no bits of the old country, no tales of war rations or ingredients that don’t translate well into English, I briefly considered where my more interesting history of the cake should be the only story I tell, but alas, I am a terrible liar and find the vast expanse between my version and the actual truth to be as funny of a story as any.

In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top.

Mix wet ingredients into dry ones; scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.* Cool completely before running knife between cake and pan, and unmolding onto a platter.

In bits and pieces, I remember it being called at different times a “German Apple Cake” and a “Jewish Apple Cake”, though what made it either was unclear.

I suspected that if was indeed German, it came over with her parents as they escaped the Holocaust.