I found this delicious Apple Cake recipe in a local newspaper a few weeks ago. Erica Marcus of Newsday couldn't be more precise in her description that "this thin, elegant dessert [adapted from four seasons of Italian Cooking by A.J. Battafarano] is between a cake and a tart. The apple slices are bound by a custard that gets wonderfully caramelized on top." Now, I don't know about you, but any sentence that includes the words "apple", "custard" and "caramelized" makes me veeeery excited!!!! Ok, I will calm down..
By just looking at the ingredients I knew this apple cake was easy to prepare and destined to be a hit...and OMG and it was! The only words that came out my mouth repeatedly after the first bite were, "OMG...OMG...somebody stop me please!" No one did. Moments like this I get food-induced amnesia (I just made that up) and forget that I am 1. lactose intolerant and 2. I have about thirty books on health and nutrition sitting on my desk, all of which claim that sugar is not good for you(sorry..me). What can I say, life is challenging. I made two of these apple cakes the same day because I just had to share the experience with my neighbors.
I used brown sugar instead of white, organic milk-eggs-butter and apples and placed the pan in the lowest rack for the entire cooking time. The second time I made the apple cake, that thing called guilt made me reduce the butter (4 Tbls) and sugar (3/4 C), but it was still delicious! If you like the words easy and delicious, then this is the recipe for you!!!!
1/2 Cup Whole Milk
7 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Plus 1 Tablespoon For Greasing Pan
5 Golden Delicious Apples
2 Large Eggs
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan and wrap the bottom in foil so it doesn’t leak.
2. Measure milk into a microwavable measuring cup. Cut butter into pieces and add to milk. Microwave for a minute or two, until butter is just melted. Set aside to cool. [I used a pan on the stove top]
3. Peel, core and quarter apples. Slice apple quarters into thin slices, 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. This can be done by hand or with a food processor.
4. Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl with a wire whisk until sugar is dissolved. Stir in flour, then add milk-butter mixture and vanilla. Blend thoroughly. Quickly stir in baking powder, then fold in the sliced apples.
5. Pour mixture into pan and place pan directly on the gas oven floor for 10 minutes. Transfer pan to the center rack and bake until cake is well browned on top and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about an hour longer. (If you have an electric oven, place the pan on the lowest rack for the entire cooking time.) Place the cake on a cooling rack. When cool enough to handle, run a thin knife around the cake and remove springform ring. Serve warm. Makes 8 to 12 servings.