Tuesday, 16 December 2014

French Apple Cake Torte

Fall and winter in our cold North American region is known for apples!
Apple pie, Apple Spice & Cinnamon Loaves,
I wish they would make Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream.
I found this recipe in a cookbook from
American Homecooks.
They love to perfect recipes so I knew it was safe to try this recipe.
I reduced the sugar content,
changed the apple type
even changed it to gluten free the next time I made it!
I substituted buckwheat flour!
It was richer and darker in flavor and colour.
Using the exact same ingredients and buckwheat made it fluffier! Sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind when experimenting and
~just go for it~ 

French Apple Cake Torte

 Here's what you'll need:
1 1/2lbs gala or golden delicious apples
1 tbsp. rum
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 cup flour or buckwheat flour+ 2 tbsp. extra
1 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar+ 1 tbsp. extra
1 cup milk or dairy free milk
1 tbsp. pumpkin spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 lg. egg + 2 lg. yolks
confectionary sugar for dusting
Peel, core and cut into 6-8 wedges.
Slice 1/8" thick, crosswise.
*As you start, place them in a bowl full of water with the half of the squeezed lemon to prevent darkening. When done slicing, drain the water*
Add the lemon juice to the apples, mix.
Microwave for 3 min. to pre-cook.
Toss with the rum and allow to cool.
Whisk 1 cup of flour, 1 cup sugar, salt, spice and baking powder together.
Whisk egg, oil, milk and vanilla together.
Combine the two together, mixing lightly.
Transfer 1 cup of batter to another bowl.
Add egg yolks to remaining batter, whisk.
Fold apples into this batter.
Transfer the batter to a sprayed 8" or 9" springform pan.
Press down apples with a spatula, pressing to create a compact even layer right to the edges.
Whisk 2 tbsp. flour into the reserved batter.
Spread to the edges evenly over apples.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp. sugar over batter.
Bake for 1 1/4hrs in a preheated 325F oven or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Cool for 5min. then run a paring knife around the  inside edge, loosing the cake.
Cool completely
Dust with confectionary sugar if desired. 
Enjoy with love!

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