As a bride in the 1950s, Dorothy McMann of Baltimore used to make an applesauce cake with a recipe that came from the label of the Ann Page applesauce jar. Unfortunately, she never copied down the recipe and she was hoping someone might still have a copy.
Millie DiBlasi of Linthicum sent in a recipe for an applesauce cake that she clipped from the newspaper in 1979. Any good-quality, natural-style applesauce will work just fine for this dense but moist spice cake. This cake tastes even better the day after you make it and will keep well for several days.
* Deborah Gandy of Florence, S.C., is looking for a recipe for a dip that was made with cream cheese, roasted red peppers and basil. The recipe came from a package of Gardetto's rye chips.
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The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's You section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup shortening, softened
1/2 cup water
16 ounces applesauce, unsweetened
1 large egg
1/2 cup nut meats, broken
1 cup raisins, cut up
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
Add shortening and water and beat for 2 minutes.
Add applesauce and egg and beat for 2 minutes more. Fold in nuts and raisins. Pour batter into a greased 12-by-7 1/2 -inch pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool.
Top with your favorite lemon frosting, if desired.
Per serving: : 216 calories, 3 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 35 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 12 milligrams cholesterol, 310 milligrams sodium