Yes, it’s another cake.
What can I say – I’ve been a little crazy lately.
We’re even going to attend our first Thanksgiving Dinner in 20 years tomorrow… But that’s another story.
This story is about cake.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was hosting the monthly book club meeting. I was thinking about making an apple cake / coffee cake.
Lots of wonderful recipes were soon streaming my way.
This is the winner.
It’s from ma belle-soeur in Hawaii.
She has the best dessert recipes ! She also sent me the recipe for Lemon Ricotta Cake which is a wonderful, lemon-y cake.
I had to make some modifications as the original was meant to be in a 9″ cake pan and I only have a 10″ spring-form pan.
As I am a cook, not a baker, the thought of changing a recipe terrified me.
Not to be boastful but…. It was really, really good.
I didn’t line the bottom of my pan with parchment and I couldn’t get it to release nicely. I didn’t want to turn it over as the top was nice and crackly. Thus it stayed on the bottom of the pan.
Next time – parchment paper.
This has a lot of apple and is very moist. It’s good the first day, and the second…. Probably the third and fourth, too, if there is any left.
This serves 8 – 12.
Easy Apple Cake
Total time: 80 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups (195gr) flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 3/4 cup (180gr) dark brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup (150gr) white sugar
- 1/3 cup (90gr) butter, soft
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups (400gr) peeled, chopped apple (Granny Smith)
- 3/4 cup (75gr) chopped walnuts
- Butter and flour a 10″ (25cm) cake or spring-form pan, line bottom with parchment
- Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
- Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
- Cream butter, vanilla and both sugars until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.
- Add dry ingredients, beating on low until smooth.
- Stir in apples and walnuts by hand.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake, 50 – 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
- Remove and cool for 20 minutes.
- Remove sides if using a spring-form pan and serve or allow to cool completely.
This did not need frosting or icing or ice cream or whipped cream or anything else.
On another note, last weekend was the Salon du Chocolat.
Naturally, we went.
It was encouraging to see that they were promoting healthy eating and suggesting one eats the ‘five-a-day’ of fruit and vegetables.
Chocolate of course….
Chocolate turnip anyone?
Tablets were very popular this year, too
We do love these little macarons.
Admission to the Salon is only 2.50 euro…. which is good, so one can spend more on chocolate.