What to do with all of those apples Nathan hasn’t eaten yet.
This isn’t my own personal recipe. Elizabeth sent it to me and it just looked so darn good. I’ve included the link so you can go see the pictures and such. I have a bowl of not-firm apples (Nate and I only like the really crisp ones for just eating, so I’m always looking for ways to use the older, softer ones).
Also Green Man Farm is having a farm tour on the 22nd. Nathan and I are going to try to attend. Green Man Farm is a local CSA (it’s like a produce subscription). There are several CSA’s around Knoxville and they all offer different things. Another local farm is West Wind Farm. They offer grass feed beef, raw and organic dairy products, and local honey among other things. Anyway, on to the recipe.
Unfussy Apple Cake Recipe
A big, floppy dollop of boozy, slightly sweet whipped cream takes this cake over the top. Wanting to keep this cake simple, I also had to restrain myself from adding any extra ingredients although I had a block of quince paste (membrillo) that would have been nice cut into tiny cubes and mixed into the batter, or caramel cut into little cubes, or toasted walnut or pecans, or, or, or…..I used a huge, flaked Japanese sugar on top of this cake (you can see it in the photo), but any big-grain sugar will help lend a nice crunchy, sweet, sugar crust. If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, unbleached all-purpose flour will work as a more conventional substitute.
2 cups sweet, crisp red apples, cut into 1/4 cubes (peel on)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup dark Muscavado sugar (or other fine-grain natural cane or brown sugar), lump-free
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled a bit
3 tablespoons large grain sugar
Preheat the oven to 400F degrees, racks in the middle. Butter and flour (or line bottom with parchment paper) one 9-inch square baking dish or tart pan, you can also bake it in a 9×13 pan but really keep a close eye on it after 20 minutes – it will be quite thin.
Place the chopped apples in a bowl of water along with the juice of one lemon. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt in a large bowl. And in a separate smaller bowl whisk together the eggs and the buttermilk. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the flour mixture and stir until barely combined – try not to over mix. Now drain the apple, shake off any excess water, and fold the apples into the cake batter.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, pushing it out toward the edges. Sprinkle with most of the large grain sugar. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cake is just set and a touch golden on top. I like this cake every-so-slightly under-baked, just barely, remember it will cook for a little while after you remove it from the oven.
Serves about 12.