Mom’s Apple Cake (Smitten Kitchen)

Mom’s Apple Cake (Smitten Kitchen)


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.

Both of the flavors are outstanding and the ice cream has a lovely texture and mouthfeel.  The Brown Butter Almond Brittle is a great companion to the above mentioned apple cake.  The ice cream has the delicate nutty caramel flavor of browned butter which is enhanced by nutty caramel flavor of almond brittle,   The Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks is just about as perfect as it gets. Salt is the first thing that hits your tongue followed by peanut butter topped off with little explosions of chocolate.  This is the kind of ice cream that I have to stop myself from eating a pint in one sitting.   As is the case with all ice creams, it’s best to let ice cream sit in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes before you eat it.  When ice cream is a little less cold more of the various flavors come out.  Or, you could do it like me, buy a pint at the store, and sample it all soft and melty from the journey home.  It’s my weekly “payment” for doing the grocery shopping.
By | 2017-01-03T09:43:12+00:00 October 29th, 2016|Cake, Desserts, Home Page, Inspirations|0 Comments

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Growing up in a wonderful family of farmers and cooks, I had no choice other than to become a chef. It’s this background that has shaped my career and my cooking philosophy which is Simple ingredients, beautifully prepared.

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