The Joy of Finding a Long-Lost Recipe


City Life, Country GardenIf you have read my books or follow my blog, you already know that I write about heritage. I have fond memories of Sunday suppers at Grandma’s, fishing with my dad, and a time much slower than the one in which we live today. So it is with great joy that I share the recipe for Black Walnut Apple Cake and how I found it.

I had searched for the walnut-apple cake recipe for many years, primarily because of the memory it triggered: Standing beside Granny watching her slowly spoon caramelized butter and sugar over the still-warm cake.

Of course, it goes without saying that my job was pot scrapper and spoon-licker. Granny made this recipe in a tube cake pan (which I do not have, I had to use a Bundt cake pan). I remember her sliding a knife around the edges of the cake, placing a plate atop the pan and with a quick flip and a couple licks on the bottom of the pan, it was time to make the frosting.

The search for this recipe was long, years actually. Granny had loaned out her recipe book to one of her children who accidently placed it on a still-hot stove eye thus ending any hope of me ever recreating the cake. Until ... a visit with a friend.

Linda and I were sitting in her kitchen, going over her new cabinetry design when I glanced down at her notes and wouldn’t ya know, there it was. The recipe! Don’t anyone move! Linda had never tried the cake, just thought that the ingredients sounded like it would make something worth trying. I couldn’t contain my joy. This was the long-lost recipe, sitting on the counter of a dear friend. But enough about the journey, let’s bake the cake.

Black Walnut Apple Cake
Total Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Baking Time: 75 minutes

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