The Bag Lady wanted to share a little bit of what her week was like.
This was what Tuesday looked like on the ranch.
It was very sloppy and quite cold, and the cows had nowhere to lie down. The Rancher and the Bag Lady put out several bales of straw for bedding for the cows. The Rancher ran the loader and brought the bales. He shook them out as best he could, then the Bag Lady spread them with the pitchfork. The calves could hardly wait to lie down in the straw.
On Wednesday, the Rancher decided he wanted a cake. Every time the Bag Lady bakes something, he jokingly claims he did the work. This time the Bag Lady encouraged him to actually do it!
Here is a picture of the Apple Cake that he made (the Bag Lady helped a little):
The Bag Lady could scarcely wait for it to cool so she could try it, because it smelled so good:
She is pleased to report that it was excellent.
Here is the recipe:
Rancher's Apple Cake
4 Cups unpeeled apples, diced
2 Cups brown sugar
Mix with 3/4 Cup oil
1 Cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 beaten eggs
2 Cups flour
2 tsps cinnamon
2 tsps vanilla
2 tsps soda
1 tsp salt
Pour into 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
The Rancher had some chopped pecans left over. The Bag Lady told him he could sprinkle them on top of the icing after the cake was done, but the Rancher doesn't like icing very much, so he made a streudel topping and spread it on the cake after it had baked for half an hour.
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup chopped pecans
Mix together until crumbly, spread on cake, continue baking for an additional half hour.
And there you have the Rancher's Apple Cake recipe.