this is a version of an apple cake she made during the holiday period which is now quickly coming upon us. everyone always loved it, especially while it was slightly warm. this rosh hashanah (or any day) cake is really ridiculously simple to make and requires one bowl and a pyrex (8 x 8 in) baking dish.
the texture of the cake batter — once baked — is airy soft. underneath it, and baked into the cake, is a layer of apples perfumed by cinnamon and flavoured with dollops of tart apricot jam and a spattering of brown sugar. as it bakes, you'll want to grab it from the oven and eat it right away .... guaranteed or your money back! :)
not much more to say than simple, quick and delicious for this one. the recipe can be doubled also and baked in a larger pan.
oops, forgot to add — for a sephardi version of this cake, you can do as we did and use fresh figs, stems trimmed and cut in half, instead of the apples. you will probably need between 12 to 15 figs, depending on the size of them. add 1 tbsp orange flower water instead of the vanilla.
gâteau express aux pommes
makes approx 9 servings
1/2 c oil
1 c sugar
juice of a large orange
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 c flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or seeds of 1/2 vanilla pod
5 large apples, appropriate kind for baking*
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp apricot jam, slightly heaped**
*replace the apples with fresh figs, cut in half; enough to cover the bottom of the pyrex;
**you can use a sour cherry jam or a plum one.
preheat your oven to 350F and grease your pyrex and set it aside.
place all the batter ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
stir or whisk the batter for about 45 seconds until it is blended.
make sure there are no lumps and set it aside to continue the recipe. it should be pourable.
take the apples and peel them. core and slice each apple thinly and place them in the pyrex.
dust about 1 tsp of cinnamon over the apples evenly.
place the brown sugar over the apples, distributing as you go, and then place dollops of the jam over the brown sugar.
stir the batter once more and pour it over the apples. make sure to get all the batter out of the bowl! you will see pieces of apple peaking through - that is how it is supposed to look.
bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes until it is fully golden brown. as it bakes you should see little areas where the juices from the apples, the brown sugar and jam are bubbling through.
it can be served warm or at room temperature.