Saturday, September 12, 2009

Green Tomato Cake

We have lots of green tomatoes remaining on the plant in the backyard. Since our weather has become unseasonably cool, I don't think these are going to turn to ripe red tomatoes. It seems a shame to throw the green tomatoes away. Of course, there's fried green tomatoes or green tomato relish but what else can I make with these? I did some searching and found a recipe for this Green Tomato Cake. I shared the idea with Tim. His response was "YUCK". I am up for the adventure!

Green Tomato Cake
Adapted from Diana Rattray,

2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins
2 1/2 cups diced green tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350°. In mixing bowl, beat sugar, vegetable oil or shortening, eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg; slowly beat into egg mixture. Blend well. Stir in raisins, craisins and tomatoes.Pour into greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for one hour, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. .Serves 12.

My notes on this recipe: I wish there was a way to grate the tomatoes. To me when you take a bite of the cake, the chopped tomatoes are distracting. Also, I would use more cinnamon and less nutmeg next time, the nutmeg seems to overpower the cinnamon. The cake is dense and very moist.

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