Thursday, February 21, 2019

Old-Fashioned Upside-Down Apple Cake (1927)

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cup sifted soft-wheat flour
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 tspns baking powder
  • 1/8 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 2 to 4 apples, depending on the size
Cream the butter. Add the sugar, well-beaten eggs, and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together twice, and add alternately with the milk to the first mixture.

Use a square or oblong baking dish or a very heavy pan. Put a thick coat of butter on the bottom and sides of the dish or pan. 

Wash, pare, and quarter firm-fleshed apples. Slice them rather thin, and place them so that the slices overlap and form even layers, covering the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle well with sugar and cinnamon which have been well-mixed. Add another layer of apples with equal care, and flavor with sugar and cinnamon.

Pour the cake mixture over the apples. The batter is rather thick and may need to be smoothed on top with a knife. Bake slowly in a very moderate oven (at a temperature from 300 to 325 degrees) for 3/4 of a hour. Loosen the sides of the cake when turning it our carefully, upside down, and the top will be covered with neat layers of transparent apples. 

Serve hot with whipped cream or hard sauce.

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(Origin - "Aunt Sammy's Radio Recipes" by The Bureau of Home Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Published in 1927. Aunt Sammy was a fictional radio character created by the Bureau of Home Economics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for a popular cooking show called Housekeeper's Chat. Its target audience was farm wives. The show aired from 1926 to 1944.) 

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