This rich cake would be a very comforting dessert in these cold winter months. Apples keep the cake moist, and the burst of the cranberries keeps it tart and interesting. The addition of walnuts makes it a perfect combination. No frosting is needed for this cake, simply dust with powdered sugar if desired.
1 ¾ cups light brown sugar or 1 cup honey plus 2 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sliced apples
½ cup walnut pieces
½ lb. fresh, whole raw cranberries
If you use honey, whip it first at high speed about 10 min, until it turns white and opaque. Cream together oil and sugar (or honey plus orange juice concentrate). Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Sift together flour and dry ingredients. Add to first mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in apples, cranberries and nuts. Bake in well greased 9 x 13 pan, 45-40 minutes at 350º.