Or: Torta di Mele. How does that sound? I love my Italian origins too much to not insert some Italian here and there, I hope you don’t mind.
This is one of my favorite cakes, I know, I have many favorite cakes… way too many! And not enough exercise in my life to keep up with all this baking and eating! Oh well, what can I say, this is a healthy cake, if you don’t consider the butter and sugar… but look at those pretty apples, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Does it matter if it is stuck in cake dough?
- 2 apples – golden delicious are the best
- 1 stick + 1 tbs butter (125 gr)
- 1/2 cup sugar (125 gr)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp lemon flavoring
- 1 cup + 2 tbs plain flour (170 gr)
- 3/8 cup (that is 1/4 + 1/8 cup) corn starch (50 gr)
- 2 tsp backing powder
- 1 tbs milk – only if the dough is too stiff
- powdered sugar to decorate
Halve the apples than halve again to obtain four slices per apple. Remove the core and the skin. Now holding one slice firmly in one hand with the exterior part (where the skin was) facing out, use a fork to carve long deep lines along the length of the slice (see picture). You will need six of the eight slices for the cake, nibble on the two left for a healthy snack.
Cut the butter in small pieces and let warm at room temperature. Add the sugar and beat to cream with a mixer (picture 1).
Add the eggs and the lemon flavoring and beat well (picture 2).
Mix together and sift the flour, the corn starch and the backing powder. Add to the mixture of butter sugar and eggs and mix with a spatula until everything is well combined. It will be a stiff butter (picture 3), if it is overly stiff and you can’t work all the flour in add one tablespoon of milk.
Turn on the oven at 350°F (175°C).
Butter and flour, or line with parchment paper, a 8-8 1/2″ (20-22 cm) spring form. Spoon the batter in and spread around, no need to be precise (picture 4). Add the apple slices, carved face up, pressing them halfway down into the dough, position the slices with the broader side out (picture 5).
Bake for 50 minutes, but make sure to check the doneness poking the dough with a long wooden pick and checking if it comes out clean.
Once done take out of the oven, remove the sides of the spring form and let cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. I suggest a big (healthy??) slice, what do you think?