Get your apple a day by eating cake

21396505908_38a1a5bcd1_zEvery year we stop at McAbees’ fruit stand off the highway near Hendersonville, N.C., to buy bushels of apples. We love the orchard-to-table freshness.

Some of the apples always get peeled, sliced and cooked with cinnamon to make applesauce. Not only does it freeze well, but it also works perfectly in this favorite recipe.

Applesauce spice cake recipe

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1.5 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1.5 teaspoons ground cloves
1.5 cups applesauce (or 1 lb. jar)
1/3 cup shortening (I use butter flavored)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chopped raisins*

*My mom likes to soak the raisins in hot water to plump them up before mixing them into the final batter.

Directions
1. Combine and sift dry ingredients (including nuts and raisins) into a bowl.
2. Heat applesauce and add shortening. Stir until shortening is melted.
3. Add applesauce/shortening mixture to dry ingredients.
4. Mix and pour into 13 x 9-inch pan.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes in 350-degree oven.

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About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."


Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.