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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thanksgiving memories and applesauce cake....

Thanksgiving is just 4 days away and its hard to believe another year has come and gone, my how the time flies! Its a time when we give thanks for all the things we have been blessed with. People, jobs, good health, a warm bed at night....Its also a time when we gather as family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal and each others company.

Although thoughts of pumpkin pie comes to mind on this special day we need not forget the ever abundant "apple" that the super markets are loaded with during this time of year. Since I like to make my own apple sauce in the crock pot with these ever favorite varieties, I always have some readily in stock. I then like to make a delicious gluten free applesauce cake to serve my guests as a special treat. Its quick, easy, and as moist as can be.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as our family does, and that it will become a new tradition over the Thanksgiving season for you as well...


Gluten Free Applesauce cake recipe...

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs

1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour

*(or use 2 cups of your own favorite GF flour blend in place of flours. I used my favorite blend and it worked beautifully) (also admit xanthan gum if your mix already has it added)

2 teas Xanthan gum
1 teas ground cinnamon
1/2 teas ground cloves
2 teas baking powder
1 teas baking soda
1/2 teas salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins
1cup unsweetened applesauce
1 T apple cider vinegar
 Confectioners sugar to dust after baking

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

Cream together the granulated sugar and shortening until fluffy using a electric mixer. Then add eggs one at a time, beating well.

In a medium bowl mix together the flours and all dry ingredients. Stir the raisins and nuts into the flour mixture.

Mix together the applesauce and vinegar.

Add the applesauce mixture and the flour mixture alternately to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until the center of the cake is firm to the touch.

Cool completely then sprinkle with confectioners sugar, and serve. Top with some whipped topping for a special treat!

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