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Apple Cake

Difficulty: easy

Method: 40

Cooking: 40

Difficulty: easy

Method: 40

Cooking: 40

Difficulty: easy

Method: 40

Cooking: 40

Difficulty: easy

Method: 40

Cooking: 40

It can be found in every Italian family’s recipe book—or, better yet, passed on by word of mouth from grandmother to grandmother, each with her own unique and inimitable recipe.

Some like theirs high and fluffy, perhaps with a sprinkling of castor or icing sugar, while others prefer to make it more like a tart instead. But one thing is certain: Everyone claims that their grandmother’s is the best!

It is impossible to forget the aroma that pervaded the house when the cake came out of the oven. If I close my eyes, I can still remember exactly how it smelled. It was a sweet and enveloping scent, comforting like none other, an aroma that was experienced not just with the nose but with the heart.

The choice of apple was not random: She used Renetta apples, which, truth be told, I have only ever eaten in that dessert! They have a unique flavour, very sweet and yet perfectly balanced by a note of tartness.

My grandmother is from Emilia, and I can say with certainty that her apple cake is the best I’ve ever eaten! She still had a gas oven when I was a child, and when the flakes of butter she distributed over the cake would melt, the crust it formed on top was to die for!

Method

  1. 01 /

    Peel and core apples. Cut into slices and macerate in a bowl with lemon juice and a little sugar.

  2. 02 /

    Separate egg whites from yolks and set aside. Whip egg yolks with sugar, forming a frothy cream. Melt butter in the microwave or over a bain-marie.

  3. 03 /

    Sift flour and baking powder and add to the mixture. Then add milk and melted butter and mix well. Dice a few apple slices and add to mixture. Whip egg whites until stiff and gently incorporate them, folding in a little at a time.

  4. 04 /

    Pour mixture into a greased and floured cake pan about 24 cm in diameter. Carefully arrange remaining apple slices on surface of cake. Bake apple cake in the oven at 180 °C for about 40 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cake: It will come out clean when the cake is done.

It is up to you how many apples to put in the mixture itself and how many to use for decoration. The same goes for the variety of the apples you use, though Renetta is the most common.

To form an irresistibly delicious crust on top, sprinkle flakes of butter over the surface of the cake before baking.

Ingredients for 10 people

300 g tipo 00 flour

3 apples

250 g sugar

3 eggs

70 g butter + optional 30 g to top

200 ml milk

16 g baking powder

Juice of a lemon

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