This French Apple Cake, or “Gateau aux Pommes“, from Food Network is simple to make but like anything French- feels kinda fancy. This cake is dense without feeling heavy, delicately sweet without frosting or cream, and has a nice rustic look to it. I imagine packing this on a picnic!
I bought too many apples and found this delicious way of getting rid of some.
Pre-heat your oven to 400ºF.
For the cake you’ll need:
- 9 inch springform cake pan, buttered
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup whole milk (needs whole if you want that rich luxurious cake texture)
- 4 baking apples (about 2 lbs) – peeled and cut into small wedges or squares
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Take a large mixing bowl and combine your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
Add your wet ingredients one-by-one: vanilla, beaten eggs, oil, whole milk- blend.
While not crucial, I would recommend dicing your apples AFTER you mix your ingredients so they don’t start browning. I personally added about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and coated the apples.
Add the apples to the batter and make sure it’s well-mixed and coated. Then pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the the cake looks firm and the top is golden.
Not done yet! To create an awesome sweet crispy, creme-brulee-like top mix in a small bowl:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes until the top has a medium golden brown color like creme brûlée. Take the cake out of the oven and cool on a rack until it’s room temperature (it will be very tempting to try a piece earlier!).