Last Saturday I decided it was time to try my hand at some baking…just to make sure my baking skills were the same in Senegal as they were in Minnesota. As of today I have been in Dakar for three weeks. The time seems to have simply melted away. Although it hasn’t been too hot, but it has been windy…so maybe I should say that the time seems to have blown away!
Here in Senegal it is hard to find good sandwich bread like we are familiar with in America and if you can find some it quite expensive…like — for a loaf! So making bread was high on my to-do list. I was really hoping it would turn out good. I was worried that the difference in climate and possible difference in ingredients would make it flop. I used my recipe for Honey Oatmeal Bread and it turned out great! The only thing I did different was I left out the wheat flour, as I couldn’t find it here.
I also wanted to make something sweet that we had all the ingredients for…so I made a family favorite, Jewish Apple Cake! My Mom has been making this moist, cinnamon apple cake for as long as I can rem
ember. But it was my grandma who first found the recipe in a local newspaper in the 1960’s. The original recipe called for layering the cake batter and apples, but with having a large family and trying to save some time my grandma decided to simple fold the apples in instead! As a young girl, I always remember my Mom getting complements when ever she would make this cake for company…so it seemed like the perfect recipe to begin my time in Senegal!
I hope you enjoy making and eating this cake as much as my family and I do!
Jewish Apple Cake
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
4 lg. eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1/3 cup Orange juice (I used mango and pineapple juice)
2 tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup raisins (opt.)
1 cup nuts (opt.)
1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon – mixed together. Use for dusting the pan.
– Grease a 9×13 inch pan and dust with cinnamon/sugar mixture. This works great on a variety of sweet breads and cakes! Save any extra to top the cake.
– Peel, core and thinly slice apples…I like to use a variety of apples if I can. Mix cinnamon (2 tsp.) and sugar (4 Tbsp.). Toss with apples until well coated.
– In a large bowl add flour, sugar and baking powder. Mix.
– In another bowl mix together the eggs, oil, juice and vanilla. Then add to the dry ingredients.
– Mix until thoroughly combined.
– Gently fold in apples and the nuts or raisins.
– Pour into your greased pan and top with any extra cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour
Toubab – a Wolof word for white person. (Pronounced: to-bob)
Quick story…so last week I visited a local market for the first time. There were lots of cute little kids running around many of them would come up to us singing, “Toubab, toubab! Bonjour, toubab!” Many of them may have only seen a white person a few times in their lives. They were so cute and polite, some of them wanted to come up and shake our hands! It made my first time to the market a memorable experience.