1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon pure pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup melted butter + 1 tablespoon cold butter
2 1/4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place an 8 inch cast iron skillet in the oven to preheat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
3. Pour the eggs, extract, and 1/2 cup melted butter on top of the flour mixture. Mix until almost blended. Add the apples and fold by hand until everything is just blended.
4. Remove the skillet from the oven and place 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan. Swirl the butter around until it's fully melted and covers the entire bottom of the skillet. Pour the apple mixture into the skillet and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the sides of the cake are dry and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Allow cake to cool in the skillet for at least 20 minutes. Cake is best if served the day after baking. (The spices mellow overnight.) Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on the side, if desired.
Looking for other ways to use up apples? Check these posts:
* Making applesauce
* Freezing apple pie filling
* Apple spice bread recipe
* Apple pie jam
* Dehydrated apple rings (without a dehydrator)
* Homemade apple pectin
* Recipes using crab apples