Sometimes it is the simplest ingredients that form the most memorable dishes. I love fancy desserts but complex isn’t alway better. This simple apple cake courtesy of The Daily Meal, is one such example. Use the best apples you can find and with just a few ingredients and a minimal amount of hands on time, you can easily put together a dinner party worthy dessert. Many autumn desserts are loaded with strong spices that can mask the delicate flavors of your other ingredients. Not this cake; with the only added flavor being a dash of vanilla extract, the apple flavor shines right through. Your guests will be impressed and if they don’t eat it all, you will be able to enjoy a leftover piece the next day.
TUSCAN APPLE CAKE
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch sea salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
4 large, firm fleshed apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/8 inch slices
Powdered sugar, for garnish
- Pre-heat the oven to 375. Lightly coat a 10-inch non-stick springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Place the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk on medium speed until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is pale and thick, about 30-60 seconds.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just incorporated.
- Fold in the milk then the butter and finally the apple slices. Be sure to not over-mix the batter.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan being sure to push the apples to the bottom of the pan.
- Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 55-60 minutes.
- Allow the cake to cool slightly on a wire rack then use a paring knife to loosen the cake from the edge of the pan.
- Remove the ring from the pan and transfer to a serving platter. Allow to cool to room temperature then sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.