I came across this Martha Stewart recipe online recently and just had to give it a try. We had a family lunch when Anne-Louise and Daryl were up in Sept/Oct 2011 so this was a logical choice to take along. It only uses six ingredients all of which should be in your kitchen already – I just needed to get the apples. This cake ends up with a Pie-like base, dense apple slice filling and a crumble topping.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 250 grams cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1 – 2 kg of tart apples, Granny Smith are the obvious choice for me
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Using an electric mixer, processor or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until the mixture forms pea-size pieces.
- Press 2/3 of the mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 22cm (9-inch) springform pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel apples, cut into thin slices, and place in a bowl.
- Toss apple slices with remaining teaspoon cinnamon and lemon juice, and put them in the prepared pan, pressing down gently as you pack them in (they may mound above the edge of the pan).
- Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.
- Put the pan on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
- Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and let the cake cool in the pan to set.
- Serve at room temperature with cream, ice-cream and or yoghurt.
Recipe suggests it should serve 8. So we did. I personally think we would have been more comfortable if we had served 12 portions from this as it is a big cake and quite filling…. for all that – the plates were licked clean!!