German Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Serves 12

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 eggs beaten

2 cups granulated sugar

½ cup vegetable oil

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

5 cups peeled and finely chopped Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples

1 cup chopped walnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 9x13x2 inch baking pan and set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in large bowl. Using an electric mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla in a large bowl and beat on low speed until well blended. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the apples and walnuts. Spoon batter into baking pan and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes and remove from oven to cool.

Caramel Sauce

½ cup (1 stick) butter

1 cup brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup evaporated milk

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar together, whisking as mixture cooks. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat and whisk in the salt, vanilla and evaporated milk.

Serve with homemade caramel sauce spooned over the top, whipped cream and garnish with sprigs of mint.