Heart-Healthy Caramel Apple Cake

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

1/4 c. brown sugar
2 T. butter or margarine
1 small Granny Smith or other tart apple, peeled and sliced
1 T. cinnamon
3/4 c. all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
1 egg
1/4 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
Scant 1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add brown sugar and margarine or butter to a deep-sided, 9-inch baking pan. Place pan in oven while preheating to melt butter. Remove from oven and stir to blend. Add apple slices, sprinkle with cinnamon. Add sugar to sifted flour and sift again. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 2-3 minutes, using medium speed. Pour over apple mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean.

Variation: Brown sugar can replace the granulated sugar with the addition of nuts, raisins and allspice for a quick, spice cake.

Note: This quick to fix cake is tender and sweet, a great alternative to a cake mix that can be used as a base for an upside-down cake.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories: 210; Fat: 9g; Protein: 3g; Carbohydrates: 29g; Fiber: 1g; Sodium: 120mg.

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