Friday, January 12, 2007

Oops, I did it again: a sweet toffee apple cake with tart berries

There are at least three more apple cake recipes I want to share with you, which will bring the apple cake total on this blog to 6. Considering that I visit my parents every weekend and hardly ever manage to leave without yet another bag full of home-grown apples, I'll be baking apple cakes until ... well, until there's a new crop of apples next summer.

I might need to create a separate category for apple cakes on my blog recipe index:)

Anyway - here's another lovely apple cake. You can use shop-bought shortcrust pastry, or your favourite pate brisee recipe. The cake is filled with apples and cranberries and covered with a mixture of soft brown sugar, potato starch and butter, which melt into a delicious toffee-ish sauce. I've got a supply of cranberries in my freezer, picked by yours truly back in September alongside my latest mushroom gathering trip in September. If you haven't got any cranberries, then use lingonberries or just apples, although the tartness that the berries yield goes well with the toffee that miraculously appears on the cake.

Toffee apple cake with cranberries
(Karamelline õunakook jõhvikatega)
Serves 6


[In the oven, waiting to be baked. Click on the photo to enlarge.]

Pastry:
300 ml plain flour
100 grams cold butter
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp cold water

Filling:
3-4 large apples, sliced
a handful or two of small cranberries
100 ml soft dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp potato starch/potato flour
50 grams butter

Mix flour, sugar and butter in a bowl, and cut into small crumbs using a knife. Add the water and quickly bring together into a ball. Press the dough onto the bottom and sides of a cake tin, and put into fridge or freezer while you prepare the filling.
Wash, peel (unless you use home-grown apples) and core the apples, then cut into thick slices.
Mix soft brown sugar with potato starch.
Take the prepared cake crust out of the oven, cover with apple slices and scatter cranberries on top.
Sprinkle the sugar mixture on top and finally lie small slices of butter onto the cake filling (it's the mixture of melted butter and soft brown sugar that results in a toffee-ish sauce on the cake, so be generous with both).
Bake at 200C for 25-30 minutes, until the cake is lovely golden brown on top.
Sprinkle with icing sugar (optional) and serve.

Other apple cakes @ Nami-nami:
Grated apple cheesecake
Canadian apple cake
Simple apple traybake

UPDATE
22.1.2007: Gracianne of Un dimance a la Campagne tried this cake and liked it.
05.2.2007: Dagmar of A Cat in the Kitchen liked it too:)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jagan Su sõltuvust :P

Gracianne said...

Oh wow, another cranberry-filled delicacy by Pille. I don't think I will resist long. Thanks.

Pamela said...

Oh Pille, please send me a slice!!! Sounds yummmy!

joey said...

Guess what! I just tried your Canadian apple cake and it is so good! :) I love it! And it was also quite easy to make...I am so pleased with the outcome...thanks you!!! I am eating a slice while reading this...can you imagine the coincidence? :) How cool is that?

I'll be posting about it soon! :)

dagmar said...

Looks yummy! I still have lingonberries in the freezer so I will try your recipe during the weekend :-)

dagmar said...

Pille, this was delicious! :-O We both loved it. Next time I'll use more butter and sugar so that I'll get more of that toffeeish sauce though :-)

Thanks for posting the recipe!

Pille said...

Thredahlia - õunakoogisõltuvus on tegelikult ju päris tore tõbi, onju:)

Gracianne - I've got about 2 litres of hand-picked cranberries in the freezer, so I'll be featureing more cranberry delicacies soon!

Pamela - I wish I could:)

Joey - so pleased to hear that you liked the Canadian apple cake! Will you blog about it? Hope you do. And yes, quite a coincidence:)

Dagmar - cool! I was trying to be modest, but adding more butter and brown sugar sounds like a brilliant idea indeed!

thepassionatecook said...

mmhh! yes! just my recipe. if junior is still inside tomorrow, i'll make just this!!!

Gracianne said...

Pille, I told you I wouldn't resist long. Here is the french version: http://undimanche.blogspot.com/2007/01/cranberries.html
Thanks, it was really good. I'll be coming back for more recipes.

Pille said...

Johanna - hope you'll have a chance to try this one soon! PS Cannot wait to hear the news about Jr!!

Gracianne - thanks for letting me know. Very pleased to hear that you liked the cake!