The day before Thanksgiving is alleged to be the worst travel day of the year. Thanks to winter storm “Boreas,” it will be slow going for people up and down the East coast, trying to get home for the holidays. Gale force winds may ground the balloons in the Macy’s Day Parade.
It didn’t slow down a motorist in an old Dodge Caravan, who went flying by me on the Meadow Road in Bowdoin last night. I guess I was driving like an old lady. I have a lot of thoughts about cars and speed and needing to get to nowhere in a hurry; today I’ll refrain. The Caravan and I met up again a few minutes later when traffic was stopped due to an accident and the trusty mini-van reminded me of one of my old bosses. She drove a Dodge Caravan too. We called her LAW, because those were her initials and because she was “the LAW.” She’s probably driving a late-model European sedan these days, but back in the early 90’s she was ferrying children around and the mini-van met her transportation needs.
One fall, we had a “team building” session at the LAW’s family camp. I think it was a pot-luck and one of the desserts she made was an apple cake called “Eldena Jones’ Apple Dibble Dabble.”
I don’t know who Eldena Jones is or why the cake is called a “Dibble Dabble,” but it’s a darn good cake. I’ve been making it since 1988 and it has graced housewarmings, church suppers, and Junior League events. I’m going to dress it up on Thanksgiving with some homemade whipped cream.
I might have a slice toasted for breakfast with some local butter.
I’ve found many variations of this receipt on the internet, but none exactly the way Eldena Jones makes it. Here it is:
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 c. sugar
3 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. apple, pared and cut up finely
1/2 c. walnuts
1 c. seedless raisins
Add sugar gradually to oil, add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Measure sifted flour and sift together with salt, soda and cinnamon. Add to creamed mixture.
Add apples, vanilla, nuts and raisins.
Bake in a well-greased large angel or Bundt cake pan for 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees. Keeps moist and well, “but not around here,” adds Eldena.
If a Dodge Caravan goes flying by you in your Thanksgiving travels this week, keep both hands on the wheel and your foot steady on the pedal.
The Apple Dibble Dabble awaits your safe arrival.