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Apple Cake

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  • For the crust:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 unbeaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup softened margarine
  • 4 oz vegetable oil
  • juice of 1 medium orange
  • Filling:
  • 5 lb macintosh apples
  • 10-12 oz dark raisins
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp matzo meal
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
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  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 11x16x2 1/2" baking pan with margarine.

  • 2

    Sift flour, baking powder & salt together. Make a well. Put 1/2 the sugar in the well & sprinkle the rest around it. In the well, add the eggs & the margarine. Mix. Add the oil & orange juice. Use a fork to gradually mix the flour into the ingredients in teh well. Then mix with your hands. Knead gently. Add flour a little at a time if the mixture is too soft or sticky. Set aside on a lightly floured surface.

  • 3

    Peel, core & grate the apples. Drain in a colander. Save the juice for other use, if desired, Pour warm water over the raisins. Squeeze out the liquid in toweling.

  • 4

    To the apples, add raisins, sugar, matzo meal, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Mix.

  • 5

    Set aside 1/3 of the dough. Roll out the other 2/3 in several pieces to cover the pan bottom & to come up just over the sides of the pan. Put the pieces together in the greased pan.

  • 6

    Spread the apple filling over the crust evenly.

  • 7

    Roll out the remaining 1/3 of the dough thinly to form a thinner top crust. Roll it out in strips of even thinness & pat them together on top of the cake. The filling should be completely covered with crust dough. Fold the edges of the bottom crust neatly over the top.

  • 8

    Pour oil over the top of the cake. Spread with hands. Shake sugar and cinnamon to taste over the oiled crust. Score top crust dough into serving-size pieces. Bake in preheated oven for 90 minutes. Cool before cutting it.

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