Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas baking : Recipe # 2

Baking for Christmas! Recipe #2 

An old fashioned stack cake recipe, made with dried apples and spices. Once known as the Tennessee wedding cake! and better than apple cider!
Ingredients:3 packages dried apples, (6 oz each) 
1 cup brown sugar, packed 
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 
1/2 cup shortening 
1 cup sugar 
2 large eggs 
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 cup molasses 
5 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
1 cup whipping cream, 
whipped Preparation:Place dried apples in a saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash apples. Stir in brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, cloves, and allspice; set aside.
Beat shortening at medium speed of an electric mixer until light; gradually beat in the sugar. Continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in milk and molasses.Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and remaining 1 teaspoon ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until mixture forms a stiff dough. Divide dough into 8 equal portions; cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.Pat each portion of dough into an 8-inch circle on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove layers to wire racks; cool completely. Stack layers, spreading equal portions of reserved apple mixture between layers. Cover and chill for 8 hours. Spread whipped cream or whipped topping over top of cake before serving.
Sweet Valentines

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