Apple, Orange and Lemon Chiffon Cake

Apple cake is a year round favorite of mine goes perfectly with my afternoon tea. I am particularly happy I baked one today as the High Holidays fast approaching. My friend Barb bakes a fantastic apple cake regular and low fat. Few years back I baked one out of the Washington Post Food section but I have to sift through their archives. I have decided to make a version of Poppy Lemon Chiffon Cake recipe, another favorite of mine. As it turns out quite unintentionally I made it Parve, perfect for the kosher observing folks. Lack of milk and butter makes this cake friendly to the lactose intolerance crowd. As you well aware this blog and this post are tree nut free and this particular cake is friendly to the tree nut and peanut allergic crowd. For you who do not have kosher or allergy prohibitions you would be surprised how delicious this cake is regardless of the milk and butter omissions.

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
Juice of one small lemon
Zest of one small lemon
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange or orange tangerine juice

1 cup flour
1/2 cup self rising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup sugar

5 eggs whites
1/2 cup sugar

Margarine or canola oil for greasing bundt pan
flour to dust greased cake pan

Optional:
Confectioners sugar for dusting

Directions:
1. In a large bowl add 1/2 cups sugar, five egg yolks and 1/2 cup of oil and beat until fluffy. Fold in with a rubber spatula lemon juice, zest of lemon and vanilla.
2. Mix dry ingredients: Both flours, salt and baking powder in a bowl and fold into egg yolk mixture gently. Add orange juice and fold in gently with rubber spatula.
3. Toss diced apples immediately after dicing with 1/4 cup of the sugar. Add apples to mixture above.
4. In a separate bowl beat egg white until they start getting volume, add sugar in few increments, while keep beating on high until it peaks.
5. Fold egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture in gentle folds with a rubber spatula until well combined.
6. Grease a round cake pan or a bundt pan, dust greased pan with some flour. turn pan upside down and tap excess flour out.
7. Pour batter into pan and bake in a pre heated 350F oven for 50-60 minutes. Insert a skewer to test for doneness. Skewer should come out clean. Do not open oven mid-way or the batter will 'fall'.
8. Let the cake completely cool in the pan. Gently release at the edged with a knife. On a serving plate turn the pan upside down and tap bottom of the pan. The cake should release into serving plate easily.
9. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.