This is from the Moosewood Café, I think.  We made it with half whole wheat flour, but honestly, I think that was veering a little too far in the healthy path.  It was quite good, even so, and Audrey even ate it.  Very pretty with some powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

¾ cup softened butter

1 ½ cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

zest of one medium orange

3 cups flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup finely ground walnuts (or almonds)

1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce

½ cup plain yogurt or sour cream

powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Butter a bundt pan.

Cream together butter and sugar, then beat in eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla and zest.

Whisk dry ingredients together, including nuts.

In another bowl, whisk together applesauce and yogurt.

Add the dry and wet mixtures alternately to the butter mixture, stirring just enough to blend.

Turn into buttered bundt pan and bake 45 – 55 minutes until tester comes out clean.

Cool slightly, turn out onto serving plate and dust with powdered sugar.



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