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The original apple rendition of this recipe originated from the Budget Cutters Cookbook that appeared in The Free Press in November 1982. I particularly like it because it only uses one bowl to mix the batter and it produces a flavourful, dense, moist cake. We’ve added Arvinda’s Chai Masala spice mix for a special version.



Yields8 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr

 2 cups grated or diced pear or apple (or combo of both), skins left on
 1 egg
 ½ cup white granulated sugar
 ½ cup brown sugar (preferably demerara)
 ¼ cup vegetable oil
 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds)
 1 cup flour
 1 tsp baking soda
 ¼ tsp salt
 ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins or dates

1

In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples and egg.

2

Stir in the sugars, chai masala or allspice, and oil.

3

Stir in the nuts.

4

Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt.

5

Add the dried fruit of choice and stir.

6

Using a spatula, spoon into a parchment-lined loaf pan and bake at 350F for 50 -55 minutes.

7

Let cool on a baking rack.


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Ingredients

 2 cups grated or diced pear or apple (or combo of both), skins left on
 1 egg
 ½ cup white granulated sugar
 ½ cup brown sugar (preferably demerara)
 ¼ cup vegetable oil
 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds)
 1 cup flour
 1 tsp baking soda
 ¼ tsp salt
 ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins or dates

Directions

1

In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples and egg.

2

Stir in the sugars, chai masala or allspice, and oil.

3

Stir in the nuts.

4

Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt.

5

Add the dried fruit of choice and stir.

6

Using a spatula, spoon into a parchment-lined loaf pan and bake at 350F for 50 -55 minutes.

7

Let cool on a baking rack.

Festive Apple/Pear Cake