A little bit about each of these types of apples....
Most people have heard of a Fuji apple. It's very popular and commonly sold in the US. It was first cultivated in Japan about 100 years ago. It's a great "eating apple".
JonaGold is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Jonathan apple. Golden Delicious are really sweet to me, so a JonaGold is a great way to get a crisp, sweet, juicy apple that's not quite so sweet as a Golden Delicious.
A Stayman apple is an "old timey" apple. It's a beautiful apple, but it's not as great just eating it straight. It has a very starchy consistency. But, that's what makes this a phenomenal baking apple. It's flavor is light and tart, so it takes on your cinnamon or pecans or whatever else you cook with very well. However, when you cook it, it seems to get more "apple-y" in flavor.
My husband and I really want an apple tree, but considering we live on the boarder of a coastal plain and our soil is sandy--I just don't think it's possible.
Apples are really amazing. They are a lot like tomatoes in the sense that an apple eaten in May is flavorless and kind of mealy. Just like a tomato in January. It's really one of those foods you should eat locally when they are in season. And when they are in season? Eat the mess out of them!! I eat a least an apple a day (until I run out or the trees run out) in the Fall.
So now that I have these Stayman apples, and I have a bunch of them. I need to figure out what to do with them. I've made a pie, I can stew them, I can can or preserve them. Or....I can make an Apple Cake....
Which is what the most reasonable of these choices are! So this is the recipe I'm going to use. Thank you Our State Magazine!!!
So you take some apples. How many is really depending on the size. You need to get 3 cups shredded.
We chopped them up into smaller sizes...
You beat your sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla together pretty well. (I love my stand mixer!)
Meanwhile, you sift all your dry ingredients together.
Then you slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet. Remember to have your mixer on the lowest setting or you will get a facepoof of flour!
Afterward, fold in your coconut, chopped pecans (we used the food processor again to do the chopping for us) and finally the shredded apple. Then you pour into your pan. I used a bunt pan.
After an hour of cooking at 325 degrees, you take the cake out and let it sit in its pan until it's completely cooled. Your house will smell like magic during all this, by the way.
Ta da!!! It was amazing. The recipe link says you can make a smile glaze for it, but I did not think it needed it. I used sweetened flaked coconut, so it was plenty sweet and is perfect with a cup of coffee as breakfast!
HOORAY FOR APPLES!