When Stephanie sent an open invitation to her Kids' Blog Party, I decided to play with fairy tales and came up with caramel apples. To find the perfect one, I had to buy a whole bag. Every self respecting blogger knows what I am talking about, we have to go through an entire stack of anything just to find the perfect one: not too big, not too small, not too bumpy, not too lumpy, and so forth. It is still summer weather here and my baking spirit is still thinking of plums, nectarines and other stone fruits. As a goood shopper, I just can’t let an entire bag of good apples go to waste, so I started to perouse several cookbooks… until my mom pulled out yet another trick out of her suitcase: about 10 handwritten recipes that I used to make regularly as a kid. I took a trip down memory lane reading about Lenotre’s fruit cake, chocolate mousse, yogurt cake and my beloved Gateau Aux Pommes.
I had it! We were saved! My bag of apples would not encounter a tragic end (without baking) but would rather find its fate in a light cake topped with a buttery crust. I remember copying this recipe from an old Tupperware brochure that came with a set of containers my mom had purchased.
Gateau Aux Pommes, Apple Cake, adapted from Tupperware:
1/2 cup flour
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup oil
2 tsp. baking powder
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
pinch of salt
for the glaze:
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix together the flour, cornstarch and sugar. Incorporate the milk, oil and eggs so that you get a smooth batter. Pour the batter into a buttered 9 inch pan. Layer the apples on top and bake at 350 degrees until light golden. In the meantime, prepare the glaze. Whisk the egg and sugar until very plae, incorporate the butter and vanilla extract. When the cake is lightly golden, pour the glaze ontop and put the cake back in the oven until completely baked through. It should have a nice crunchy top from the glaze but stay moist thanks to the apples.
Very easy, comforting and satisfying. I guess we are getting ready for fall after all.