Dutch Apple Cake

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 apples, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Beat together 3/4 cup sugar, shortening, and egg. Stir in milk. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into sugar milk mixture. Spread batter into a greased and floured 9 inch square pan. Core and thinly slice apples. Arrange apple slices over batter. Slightly press apples into batter. Combine cinnamon with 2 tablespoons sugar and sprinkle over apples. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream (if desired).

NOTES: To save time, this recipe is great to make ahead and freeze. When company comes, thaw and warm – your guests will think you spent hours cooking. Fat may be lowered to 4 grams per serving by reducing butter to 2 tablespoons and using low-fat evaporated milk. Carbohydrates may be lowered to 39 grams per serving by reducing 3/4 cup sugar to 1/2 cup sugar.

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