In case you missed it a few weeks back, Smitten Kitchen did a post on her an apple cake her mother made. At last count there was over 1200 comments about it, which is probably why she’s now blogging for Food 52. When Deb Perelman blogs, people read!
When my father was alive, he used to come over for dinner about once a week. Dad loved to eat and loved a good home cooked meal so I always included something new and different at our dinners. He had a particular weakness for apple/cinnamon desserts, One of his favorites was a recipe very similar to this using sliced apples. Thinly sliced apples are mixed with the batter and baked in a tube pan. Dad liked that cake so much he told me, “Never lose that recipe!”.
This recipe intrigued me because it’s cubes of apples that are layered with batter. I followed the advice of the recipe and didn’t have a slice until the next day. As the cake ages the moistness of the apples permeates the cake giving it a very soft texture. I served it with softly whipped cream…and a good strong cup of coffee. And in honor of Dad, I will not lose this recipe!
Pictured is a pint of Jeni’s Ice Cream. I stumbled upon jeni’s at Whole Foods two weeks ago. I am a sucker for ice cream….all ice cream, and since I noticed a new pint on the block I came to grinding halt. First off, how can you walk past ANYTHING with brown butter in the title? The two flavors being sold that day where Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. What a dilemma! How to choose. Each pint was $10.00 (ok $9.99 but we ALL know what that means). And try as I might, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $20.00 on ice cream in one shopping trip. So I did the next best thing, bought one pint one week, and another pint the next week.