Delicious French-style apple cake. It manages to be custardy and airy all at once, and looks elegant at the end of a meal. Make sure you give yourself enough time for it to cool properly.
Gâteau aux Pommes
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
Hands-On Time: 40 min
Total Time: 4hr, including time to cool
1 1/2 lbs apples (preferably Granny Smith)
1 TBS white rum
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup + 2 TBS flour
1 cup + 1 TBS sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg + 2 egg yolks
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Prepare oven: Adjust oven rack to a lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with a thin layer of cooking spray. Wrap the outside fairly tightly in aluminum foil (springform pans leak a bit) and place on foil-lined baking sheet.
Prepare apples: Peel, core, cut each apple into 8 wedges, and slice each wedge into 1/8 inch thick slices. Microwave apples in microwave-safe dish or plate, cover, and microwave about 3 minutes, or until apples are tender. Toss apples with rum and lemon juice and set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the flour, 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 egg, oil, milk, and vanilla until there are no lumps. Add flour mixture to egg/oil mixture and whisk together until just combined. Set one cup of batter aside for later.
Add the egg yolks to the rest of the batter and whisk until combined. Fold the cooled apples into the batter using a rubber spatula, being careful not to break the apple slices to the best of your ability. Pour batter into prepared springform plan and spread evenly, smoothing down any apple slices that may pop up.
Whisk the remaining 2 TBS of flour into the cup of batter that you set aside earlier. Pour this batter over the batter in the cake pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 1 TBS of sugar evenly over the top of the batter in the pan.
Bake about 75 minutes, or until a tester toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then loosen the edges of the cake from the pan with a paring or butter knife and allow to cool for 2-3 more hours. When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar. Serve alone, or with whipped cream, ice cream, or crème anglaise.
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