French Apple Cake
by Carrie Fehr
Tender chunks of apples layered over silky custard-like cake, is what makes this rustic French dessert, completely melt-in-your-mouth. One of the easiest dishes to prepare, this fall favorite bursts with so much flavor, you could never imagine it uses a few ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. Voila!
With apple season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to stop by your local farmers’ market and take advantage of this fruit when it’s truly fresh picked. A mixture of sweet tart apples such as Pink Lady, Black Arkansas, Granny Smith, or Fuji will give this cake a more interesting taste, and a wonderful fragrance that will make your home feel like autumn.
French Apple Cake
Adapted from David Lebovitz, and Around My French Table, by Dorie Greenspan
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
4 large apples, a mix of varieties, (4 cups)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350ºF
Butter a 9-inch springform pan and place it on a baking sheet.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Peel, core, and dice the apples into 1-inch cubes.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy, then whisk in the sugar until thick and creamy. Mix in the vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, and gently stir in half of the melted butter. Add remaining flour and the rest of the butter.
Using a spatula, fold in the apple cubes until coated with the batter and pour into the prepared cake pan. Smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, and remove the sides of the springform pan.
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Thanks so much @mamabatesmotel! Please let me know if you try it out!
You’re welcome ! It sounds delish !
I was so excited to see you had this post! I love this cake (have a version of it that I like myself), and it’s good to see what other people do with this classic. All your posts are great, and thanks so much for checking out my site! Happy Holidays @mamabatesmotel!
Happy holidays to you too !
Happy to hear you have a version of this cake. How is yours different? This recipe is a personal fave of mine. Perfect for every occasion, agree?
It is and is even better the following morning with tea or coffee. Please let me know if you try it out!
a slice of this cake and a cup of tea is all I would ever need to get me thru the winter
Agreed Lisa! This morning I had these Lemon Madeleines with my tea and I must admit, are also nice on a cold winter’s day. Here’s the recipe,
Hi, Your photo makes my mouth water! I am looking forward to making this and enjoying a homemade dessert. Also, I am a big fan of David Lebovitz, too. Have you read his new book, L’appart?
No I haven’t read Lebovitz’s new book and now that you mention it, looks like I will have to read it. Let me know how your French Apple Cake turns out. I’m certain you will become a new fan of this dessert!