Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apple Cake...and a Story

When my 2 year old daughter chose the book, Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love, from the library, I found it to be the sweetest little love story.  Little Alfonso makes an apple cake to win over the heart of the beautiful, kind, brilliant Ida who always has her nose in a book. 
 

The book concludes with the lovely recipe Alfonso uses to make his cake.  It's an old recipe from the author, Julie Paschkis', great-grandmother and I found it to be a simple, delicious recipe.  The cake comes out light and moist with a crispy cinnamon sugar crust on top!
 
 
 

Will the apple cake win over Ida's heart?  I won't give away the end of story, but cake can be mighty persuasive!  {at least to me!}


Apple Cake
adapted from, Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love, by Julie Paschkis

3 small apples
2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup flour (I used Whole White Wheat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

For the topping:
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Grease a 9-inch X 9-inch square or a 9-inch round baking pan.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and core the apples.  Cut them into 3/4-inch pieces and put them in cold water.
In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar together until creamy.  Add the egg and beat until the egg is completely mixed in.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add the flour mixture to the batter and mix well.  The batter will be quite stiff.

Shake some of the water off the apples and gently mix them into the batter.  Put the batter into the greased baking pan and spread it evenly.

In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients.  Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the cake.

Bake the cake until the top looks golden brown and flaky, about 55 to 60 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.