Home cooking: Fresh apple pound cake

July 26, 2011

Beverly Faith had been baking since she was a child; her family was her greatest influence for her baking talents everything from the teaching to swapping recipes and making each one her own.

Faith says her reason for baking is simple. She loves baking and gets joy from seeing people's faces react when taking a bite of her goods, knowing than that it's alright.

Faith and her husband, Reuben, have been vendors at the City Farmers' Market for more than eight years. Their stand is called R & B Baked Goods & Crafts.

You can find Faith at the City Farmers' Market every Saturday. During the holidays and for special occasions, she will take orders for different baked goods from her customers.

— Chris Copley

Fresh apple pound cake

For the cake:

3 cups unsifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cup vegetable oil (see cook's note)

2 cups chopped apples (see cook's note)

1 1/2 cups English walnuts, optional

2 teaspoons vanilla

Baking spray with flour (see cook's note)

For the icing:

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup margarine (see cook's note)

2 teaspoons evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.

Beat eggs until fluffy. Add white sugar and beat until fluffy. Add oil and beat.

Fold in chopped apples and mix thoroughly. Add flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Add nuts, if using, and mix slowly until blended. Add vanilla.

Spray tube pan, and pour in batter. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

While cake is still warm, invert the pan on a rack to let cake cool.

To make icing, combine brown sugar, margarine and evaporated milk in a small pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Let cool.

Use a spatula to spread icing over cake and let set until firm.

Cook's note: Beverly Faith uses Wesson vegetable oil and red delicious apples. Other apples may be used, but the sweetness or tartness of the apples will affect the overall taste. Faith uses Baker's Joy baking spray, and she uses Land O'Lakes margarine; it has no water.

— Courtesy of Beverly Faith, proprietor of R & B Baked Goods & Crafts at City Farmers Market in downtown Hagerstown. For more information about City Farmers Market, call 301-739-8577, ext. 190.

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