Thursday, November 7, 2013

sliced apple cake~

i have had this recipe tucked away for almost a year, i wanted to do something pretty with pics when i made it, but it was not to be, it was just bake and eat, quick quick quick! too bad, its such a pretty cake, which i masked too much with sugar, but its a delicious recipe that deserves so much more than i shared!

Apple Kuchen with Hot Cream Sauce from The French Laundry

◦~~ For the Apple Cake ~~
◦6 tablespoons (85 g / 3 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature + more for the pan
◦3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
◦1 large egg
◦1-1/2 cups (225 g) all-purpose flour
◦2 teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
◦1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
◦1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg)
◦1/2 cup milk or light cream
◦2 to 3 Gravenstein or Golden Delicious apples
◦cinnamon sugar* (optional – see note for recipe)
◦icing sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
◦~~ For the Hot Cream Sauce ~~
◦2 cups heavy cream
◦1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
◦8 tablespoons (115 g / 4 oz) unsalted butter


1.To make the cake, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Butter a 9-inch round spring form pan.
2.In a mixer bowl with a paddle attachment or by hand in a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and egg until mixture is fluffy and lightened in texture, about 2 to 4 minutes.
3.In a separate bowl, combine four, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to the creamed butter mixture. Do not overbeat. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.
4.Peel and core apples. Slice them into 1/4-inch wedges.
5.Spoon batter into the pan and level with an offset spatula.
6.Press apple slices, core side down into the batter, about 1/4-inch apart. Work the apple slices in a circular pattern like the spokes of a wheel.
7.Sprinkle cake with cinnamon sugar, if using.
8.Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set on rack to cool.
9.To make the hot cream sauce, combine cream, sugar, and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, immediately reduce heat (to prevent scorching) and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until slightly thickened.
10.Sprinkle with icing sugar (if using). Pour hot cream sauce over warm apple kuchen.

*To make cinnamon sugar, mix 1 tablespoon sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.