Cookin' Outdoors with Johnny Nix                                
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Heavenly Apple Cake

½  to ¾  cup chopped dates

½  to ¾  cup apple juice

2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½  teaspoon ground nutmeg

¾  teaspoons salt

4 cups slightly tart apples: peeled, cored and roughly chopped

½  cup melted sweet butter

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup pecans chopped


About one hour before starting to bake, place the dates in a small bowl and cover with the apple juice. Stir from time to time and if they get too "tight", just add more juice!

Preheat oven to 325. Using butter, grease a 10 inch Dutch oven or a baking pan (approximately 13 x 9 x 2)

Into a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Add the chopped apples, dates, melted butter and the eggs. This will be a very heavy, thick batter but don't worry -- just be sure to mix it well.

Spread in the prepared pan,  hang over medium high heat cook for 15 minutes before placing top coals on lid.  Or place on a rack in center of the oven and bake for 1 hour. Test with a skewer -- if it comes out still a bit gooey, bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. You'll know when it's done. It will be a nice dark tan color and will spring back to a light touch.

Remove from oven, let cool a bit. This is delicious hot, warm or cold. As I mentioned, this cake isn't a beauty queen so should be plated in the kitchen!