3 Gala apples (not peeled), diced into ¼ inch cubes (The author seems to not have noticed that apples are not universal in size, especially if homegrown - basically putting in enough such that there was an even coating of sugar over all of them seemed to work - JB)
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
½ cup canola oil (vegetable oil of any sort will do - JB)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.
As you are dicing the apples, toss them in the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar to coat them and prevent browning. (For both this and the next one, "mix with a spoon" is more an appropriate verb than "toss" - JB)
Add the flour to the apples and toss.
Mix the oil, eggs and vanilla together and add to the apples (I do this in one large measuring cup after adding the oil so I don't dirty an additional bowl).
If you want to add in the walnuts you can do so here and give it one final mix.
Bake in a springform pan or a 9x9 baking pan for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I used a loose-bottomed cake tin. 40-45 mins was a massive underestimate, it'll probably take over an hour)
The original recipe is here: http://dinnerthendessert.com/armenian-apple-chunk-cake/