Earlier this year we introduced you to our new Taste of New York series. This feature is dedicated to highlighting some of the wonderful ingredients we source from local growers and producers from around the region to use in our dishes here at The Otesaga. For this installment, we've selected delectable New York State-grown apples, the main ingredient in our Otesaga Apple Cake. While it's just one of a few apple-inspired dishes created by our chef, we can't think of a better autumn treat to celebrate apple season.
New York State Apples
New York State grows more varieties of apples than any other state and is the second largest producer of the crisp, juicy, perfectly sweet orbs that are delicious eaten on their own or when transformed into culinary delicacies. There are more than 20 varieties grown in the region, each offering a mild variation in flavor. Apples are a staple at farmers' markets and u-pick farms around the region and we're proud to share dishes with our guests that showcase the distinctive fruit.
Otesaga Apple Cake
This simple cake brings together the best of the season; fresh, local apples are paired with almond extract, walnuts, and warming spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. For this recipe, you'll need three cups of chopped apples of your choice. Honeycrisp or Braeburn are great for baking but any variety will work.
Preheat the oven to 325°. Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, combine eggs, oil, sugar, and extracts with a mixer. Add the apples and walnuts to the mixture and then incorporate the dry ingredients and mix on medium for one to two minutes until everything is well combined. Grease and flour a bundt pan or alternately, two loaf pans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 70 minutes or until cooked completely through. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan. This cake is best enjoyed on a fall day with a cup of coffee or tea.