Apple Cake with Rum Glaze
(from True Grits: Tall Tales and Recipes from the New South)

Ingredients for Rum Glaze:

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons (or more) dark rum

Ingredients for Cake

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups chopped peeled Golden Delicious apples

1 cup chopped pecans

Directions for Rum Glaze

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and rum. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is heated through; do not boil.

Directions for Cake and Assembly

Combine the sugar and oil in a mixer bowl; mix well. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time.

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and salt together. Add to the egg mixture gradually, mixing well after each addition.

Add the vanilla. Fold in the apples and pecans. Spoon into a greased tube pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove immediately to a cake plate. Pierce with a fork. Brush with the warm glaze.

Note: This cake is especially good with vanilla bean ice cream. The glaze will become slightly crunchy.

Serves 12