Thursday, September 12, 2013

Torta di Mele - Apple Cake


Instead of a firm, crisp apple like Granny Smith, I prefer using one that will soften while baking, such as Fuji, Golden Delicious, or McIntosh.

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup grappa or rum
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
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Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in the eggs and grappa. Stir in the flour mixture.
Spread the batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan. Making a decorative circular pattern, set the apple slices into the batter. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon, if desired.
Serves 6 to 8.
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