This is one of my all time favorites .  It was  given to me by Diane Pfeiffer Presley of Mobile, AL.  My sweet cousin that is an outstanding cook!.  I love Granny Smith apples for cooking and for eating.  They are consistently crisp with a wonderful sweet, yet tart, flavor.

Apples, cooking-type – always use apples that have rounded bottoms for cooking.  Do not use apples with “points” on the bottom for cooking

2 ½ cups plain flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 ½ cups canola or vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup pecans, chopped

3 cups peeled, shredded Granny Smith apples




Preheat oven to 350 degree.  Prepare a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with spray-oil.  Measure the flour sift; then re-measure flour by spooning lightly into measuring cup.  Re-sift flour with the baking powder, salt, and soda; set aside.  In an electric mixer, combine the oil and

sugar; then add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla; then slowly add the flour mixture, and beat an additional 2 minutes.  By hand, fold in the pecans and apples until mixed.  Pour the batter into the baking dish & bake for 55 minutes or

until the cake tests done.  Do not cut the cake into squares until it has cooled.


More from “The Good Old Days”
From the WHITEHOUSE COOKBOOK 1910, page 430

"To Preserve Fruit Without Sugar”

"Cherries, strawberries, sliced pineapple, plums, apricots, gooseberries, etc. may be preserved in the following manner – to be used the same as fresh fruit.
Gather the fruit before it is very ripe; put it in wide-mouthed bottles made for the purpose; fill them as full as they will hold and cork them tight; seal the corks; put some hay in a large saucepan, set the bottles, with hay between them to prevent their touching; then fill the saucepan with water to the necks of the bottles.  And set it over the fire until water is nearly boiled, then take it off; let it stand until the bottles are cold.  Keep them in a cool place until wanted, when the fruit will be found equal to fresh.”


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