I clipped Mrs. Hatfield's (Antoinette Kuzmanich) recipe, baked it, and continued to make it countless times ever since for guests, family, and potlucks.
Beyond a few cookie recipes, baking anything in those days was NOT my forte. Those early years of marriage, working, and tracking two toddlers, didn't leave lots of time for gourmet desserts, so finding a great tasting, easy, and inexpensive recipe always gained my attention.
This cake is soft, moist, with just the right amount of spices for a taste of old-fashioned goodness.
Oregon Apple Cake3 Tabs. butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups diced apples, peeled or not, about 3 apples
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Cream shortening and sugar. Blend in egg and vanilla. Stir in apples and walnuts. Combine remaining dry ingredients, mix in and blend with apple mixture.
Pour into greased 8 or 9-inch square baking pan or dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Top with whipped cream or ice cream, or eat as is! Serves 6-8.
Estimated Cost: $3.00 or less; .50 cents or less a serving.