I received an email from Suzanne Scara of New Jersey letting me know that her "Bubbe's Apple Cake was one of the top 5 finalists in the Spreading Smucker's Traditions Recipe and Essay contest." She wanted me to take a look at her recipe and vote on it. They are picking the grand prize winner on October 1st, 2008. So I thought I would share her recipe here on my Blog and invite you participate in the competition.
Of course I can't and wouldn't ask you to vote for Suzanne's recipe but have a look at the finalists and see if there are any that inspire you. The web site address is: smuckers.com/promotions
Suzanne's recipe is #5 and called Bubbe's Apple Cake. I asked Suzanne for a little history on this recipe and how it got its name and here is what she told me,
"Although my sister and I never knew our grandmother, our mother baked this cake from her mother's recipe, preserving memories and tastes from the past. When possible, she used home-grown apples, from our trees, just as her mother had done.
As we all became busy with school and work, there was less time for baking and tending to apple trees. Consequently, our beloved cake was baked on rare occasions. The recipe was filed away as we made kitchen renovations. And circumstances forced my sister and her family to move out of state (from New Jersey to Pennsylvania). As we got together less, there was a chance we'd be seeing even less of Bubbe's * special apple cake.
However, the first autumn in her new home, my sister realized she was blessed with a row of apple trees - trees bearing the mellow, golden apples of our childhood (which she happily shares with me). And she and I have become avid home bakers. Now we each have a copy of Bubbe's apple cake recipe. So, without missing a generation, this homey, old world apple cake continues to nourish and comfort us, on quiet evenings with tea, and at all sorts of family gatherings."
* Bubbe is the Yiddish term of endearment for Grandmother