October 05, 2017

Nonna's Apple Cake

My holiday home back in Italy has an apple tree. When we were little, the apple produced by that tree were of a rare variety and were truly delicious. I still remember their sour, juicy flavour. A few years back that tree got sick and my grandma had another apple tree attached to it before it died completely (gardener's sorcery, don't ask), so now we still get some lovely fruits every year. The problem is, the new variety doesn't taste just as good, and we often end up surrounded by wishy-washy apples. To make up for that, my grandma has become the fastest apple cake maker ever, and she just bakes cake after cake until the apple season is over. She kind of makes up the recipe every time, as she is a goddess in the kitchen, but my mum has managed to write down her guidelines, and now I'm going to write them down on here, just in case you were looking for a simple but great apple cake recipe.
Ingredients:
4 apples (more or less 800gr)
6 spoonfuls of sugar (more or less 100gr)
250gr flour
2 eggs
50/70gr melted butter
1 glass of milk
Baking powder
Lemon zest
Heat up the oven to 180°. Mix butter and sugar, then add in the following order: flour, eggs, milk, lemon zest, baking powder, apples. Keep mixing everything well as you add each ingredient. Then butter a cake tin and cover the butter in flour, scoop the batter in the cake tin, add some butter on top (I've seen her adding some sugar as well at this point) and put the tin in the oven for 40 minutes.

I followed this recipe yesterday but adapted it to the ingredients I had at home (no eggs, cashew milk instead of cow milk) and the result has been incredible, I couldn't believe my tastebuds. I am so out of practice with baking but still managed to get this right. Apple magic.

I believe apples taste really good when baked or cooked. Now that I think of it, I should probably eat more baked apples this Autumn. They feel like an autumnal dessert and are probably healthier than half of the desserts I usually dream of at night.

Do you know any great recipe with apples? Please let me know!

Martina x

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