Apple cake with whole apples
With all the holidays’ frenzy I wasn’t able to dedicate any minute to this blog and while I feel guilty for letting its readers down, I am happy I got to experiment new recipes. They’re all a tradition in this family, very out of ordinary recipes, a bit unusual for some, but I promise you, they’re all delicious and totally worth spending some time on making them.
Time is not really a problem with the first recipe I’m going to share today, the apple cake with whole apples, cinnamon and nuts (there must be nuts, I’m nuts about nuts as you probably know by now). This cake is super easy and pretty quick to make, perfect for busy times such as Christmas and New Year’s.
The apple cake with whole apples is a very delicious recipe, very easy to prepare, without much trouble, and after trying it once, you will definitely want to repeat the experience. The apples, cinnamon, nuts and the caramel all match each other perfectly.
The apple cake with whole apples will look more spectacular if you use large apples and a less wide, deep baking tray. Deciding on this recipe on the very last moment, I was not able to find any so I had to use small apples, which didn’t make the cake less delicious.
The cake can be decorated with whipped cream, fresh fruit, nuts, powdered chocolate or cocoa, cinnamon etc or you could use a sugar syrup to make it more moist, the possibilities are endless. But we just couldn’t wait any longer; the excessive drooling required a piece of that delicious cake immediately.
Apple cake with whole apples recipe:
- 7-10 apples (depending on size; I used 10)
- 50 g = 2 oz butter
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- juice from 1 lemon
- cinnamon as preferred
- grounded nuts as preferred ( I actually smashed them instead of grounding as I like crunchy)
- 4 eggs
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 8 gr = 0.25 oz vanilla sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Heat a baking tray (I used a heat proof glass one)
- Melt 4 tablespoons sugar in a pot on the stove.
- When the sugar begins to caramelize, pour into the hot baking tray and move the tray so the caramelized sugar sticks to its walls until it has melted completely and has a brownish color.
- Let the caramelized sugar to cool until apples are prepared.
- Clean and peel apples and pick the middle and seeds out with a small, sharp knife.
- Layer the cleaned apples over the caramelized sugar into the baking tray.
- Sprinkle the other 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon, grounded nuts.
- Randomly place small piece of butter
- Sprinkle lemon juice.
- Preheat oven at 180 C = 350 F
- Move the tray to the oven and leave to bake for approx. 30 min.
- Make the batter while the apples are baking
- In a bowl, rub yolks with sugar until the mixture becomes a light yellow.
- Mix flour with baking powder and pour over the yolks mixture gradually.
- Beat the egg whites until they form a foam like mixture and then mix with the rest of the batter.
- When the apples are soft, remove from oven.
- Pour the batter over and put the tray back in the oven.
- Bake for additional 20-30 minutes, until the batter is done (you can check with a toothpick).
- Take the cake out of the oven and serve as is or place a large plate over the pot and flip it quickly so the apples will be on top/
- Decorate if you prefer, using whipped cream, fresh fruit, nuts, cocoa or chocolate powder etc
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