This is one of those special recipes that I stumbled across about 10 years ago and have held on to ever since. It is buttery and rich and truly divine. And it is a dangerous cake to have around, because once you have a bite, you'll want another.
And another. And another.
So unless I feel like living dangerously, I only make it for special occasions, when I know there will be friends and family around to help eat up every last bite. When I offer second helpings I am often met with mild protests, but they always cave in eventually!
French Apple Cake
from Bon Appétit magazine
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 large Granny Smith apples (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored, thinly sliced
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons Calvados, applejack or other brandy (I use Cognac)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into small bowl. Whisk remaining 1 cup sugar, egg yolks, eggs, Calvados and vanilla in large bowl to blend. Gently stir in dry ingredients. Fold in 1/2 cup melted butter. Pour batter over apples in pan. Bake until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan 5 minutes. Run small sharp knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.