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Apple Raisin Cake

Yesterday Rebecca and I made a simple “cake” for our baking project.  The recipe is from my Vitamix cookbook.  In the book it is called a bread.  But it is baked in an 8″ pan and is a lot more like cake to me.  The end product is very good.  It’s quite moist from all of the dried fruit.  Not too sweet (I do think you could decrease the honey a bit and be just fine, though).  And I like the simplicity of being able to mix it all in the blender.  That being said…it was not so simple when I actually made it.  I followed the directions…and could not get the batter to mix at all.  I was constantly scraping, trying to stir things, etc.  I ended up adding extra water and starting and stopping at least 10 times.  It turned into quite a mess 😛  If I make this again I think I’ll add more liquid right from the start.  And possibly have an extra blending step before I add the dried fruit.  I did not have lemon, so I just skipped that.  And I skipped the orange peel.

Apple Raisin Cake

1 cup whole wheat flour (preferably freshly ground…3/4 cups wheat berries ground in the dry blender)
1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 medium apple, quartered, seeded
1 thin slice lemon, peeled, seeded
2 Tbsp. water (I probably used about 1/3 cup)
1 thin slice orange with peel
1/2 cup honey (I’ll probably use 1/3 cup next time)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 cup raisins, dates or other dried fruit (I used a combo of raisins, dates and dried cranberries)

Heat oven to 350.  Grease an 8″ baking pan.

Place flour adn oats into blender.  Blend on  high 1 minute.

Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed.  Blend for 30 seconds, or until mixture is smooth and batter-like. (Next time I will do this in two steps…all of the ingredients except the dried fruit, blend, then add fruit and blend again).  Pour into baking pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

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