Yesterday Andrew and I were invited over to his friend Peter’s house for dinner. As usual, dinner consisted of sausages, bread, salad, and tri-tip. I wanted to provide a dessert, but there were certain guidelines. My boyfriend does not eat dairy and doesn’t like most sweets. Peter is lactose intolerant so cannot eat dairy. I have been wanting to make an apple cake for a while even though apples are not in season right now. I picked up some organic granny smith apples from Shopper’s Corner, a local grocery store.
The recipe I used is from the Joy of Cooking.
French Apple or Peach Cake
Sweet and Rich
Preheat oven to 425°
Grease the pan or ovenproof dish and cover the bottom well with:
- 2 cups or more sliced apples, peaches or other fruit
Sprinkle the fruit with:
- 2/3 cup sugar
- cinnamon or nutmeg
- grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp flour
Pour over surface:
- 2 to 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat and add:
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1/4 cup milk
Beat these ingredients with swift strokes until blended. Cover the fruit with the batter. Bake the cake for about thirty minutes. Reverse it on a platter. Cool slightly.
Notes: I ended up having to double the batter recipe. The original recipe did not end up covering my fruit. When I added my cake to the oven, a good amount of cake batter leaked out of the pan and started burning on the bottom of the oven. I had to take the cake out and put it into another spring form pan and put it in a different oven. It took much longer than thirty minutes to cook because of the extra batter. I also reduced the cooking temperature halfway through because the top became very brown before the middle was cooked. I ended up using three apples for this recipe: one in the cake and two for the topping. I sliced two granny smith apples added them to a pan with one tablespoon of butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and some vanilla extract. Once the cake was cooled an on a plate, I added this as a topping.