Sunday, October 23, 2011

Swedish Apple Cake


October is flying by all to quickly.  I've wanted to share this recipe for some time now, I just haven't had the chance. It's a simple coffee cake, that tastes and smells like autumn.  Apples are the star in this cake, accompanied by a little cinnamon.  It's really nothing fancy, just plain old fashioned goodness.

Most of the apples from this year's apple picking adventure have been turned into apple sauce or apple butter and are tucked away on a shelf in the basement.  I had promised Paul an appley dessert, but had difficulty narrowing down what I felt like making.  He was pushing for a pie, but I prefer to make a pie when there are enough mouths around to consume it in a day.  Day-old pie just doesn't cut it in my book.  I wanted to make something that would last a few days, have an apple forward flavor, and not be overloaded with spice.  Oh yeah,  and I wanted something that Paul could put vanilla ice cream on so he won't think about the fact that I didn't make him a pie.  And then I remembered this recipe...Sockerkaka Med Applen, aka, Swedish Apple Cake.
I discovered this recipe a few years ago on Epicurious.com.  I had always followed the recipe as written until this year.  I did some minor tweaking, and results were delicious.  Sometimes I will tweak a recipe for no other reason but to make it better (in my mind), but sometimes I change a recipe because I have some ingredient on hand that needs to be used up.  The latter was the case this time. I had some almond meal in the fridge that I didn't want to go to waste, and thought replacing some of the flour with almond meal would be a nice touch.  It was.  I also cut back a bit on the sugar and added a touch of vanilla.  If you do not have almond meal, just use straight all-purpose flour in place of the almond meal.  This is one of those cakes that is meant to be eaten slightly warm.  After the first day, wrap it in plastic wrap and store in a cool place (or refrigerate).  To serve, slice and heat slightly in a microwave...and top with a dollop of vanilla ice cream if you wish...
Swedish Apple Cake
Adapted from: Epicurious.com  mdelno May 10, 2007
Serves 10
Preheat oven 350 degrees

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 apples, (I used 3 kinds for added interest - Golden Delicious, Crispin, Macoun)
For the apple slices:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Peel and core apples.  Cut each apple into 8 slices.  If the apples are really big, you may want to slice them into 10 slices.  Place apples in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Whisk together, flour, almond meal and baking powder, set aside.
  4. Add the vanilla to the milk and set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter until light.
  6. Slowly beat in the sugar and continue to beat until fluffy.
  7. Add one egg - beat for 15 seconds.
  8. Add the second egg- beat for 15 seconds.
  9. Add 1/4 cup of flour mixture, beat until incorporated.
  10. Add in the third egg and beat for 15 seconds.
  11. Add the rest of the flour alternating with the milk-vanilla until everything is smooth and incorporated.
  12. Pour batter into prepared pan, and smooth out the top - batter will be thick.
  13. Add the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon to the apple slices and toss until coated.
  14. Press the apple slices (core side down) into the pan.  Arrange in a concentric pattern.
  15. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon and sugar over the top of the cake. 
  16. Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven.
  17. Cool for 20 minutes and release the outer ring of the springform pan.
Before
 
After

Enjoy!


7 comments:

  1. I love day old pie,......heck, I like week old pie! As long as the crust is still flaky and the fruit isn't green moldy, I'm in! LOL

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  2. I've never seen almond meal in our local grocery. Is there a substitution I could use or an easy way for me to make my own almond meal?

    Thanks! Looks delicious by the way!

    Lisa

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    1. You can get almond meal at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc. Or make your own by just dumping almonds into a food processor or blender. A cleaned out coffee grinder will even work.

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  3. Lisa, You can use and extra 1/2 cup of all purpose flour if you wish. I have made my own almond meal by processing raw almonds in my food processor or you can use a coffee grinder. If you do this, be very careful it does not turn to almond butter. Do it by pulsing the almonds. When they begin to break down, put the almonds through a strainer allowing the almond "powder" to fall into a bowl. Put the larger pieces back in the grinder or processor and repeat the process. It should be the texture of course sand.

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  4. This looks amazing, I'll have to give it a try.

    All the best,

    Nannette Eaton

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  5. This looks great. I am going to try for breakfast tomorrow. To Lisa - You can also buy almond meal at Trader Joes if you have one nearby.

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  6. Jen- hope you like it...added benefit...you'll start your day with a wonderful smelling kitchen!

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