One of the nicest things about food is a recipe that is handed down from generation to generation. My husband is Swedish - 100%. He often speaks of the wonderful Swedish treats his grandmother made when he was growing up. One of his favorites was his grandmother's Cinnamon Apple Cake.
Autumn speaks to me of pumpkins and apples and hearty warm comfort foods. Foods that feed the soul type dishes. Dessert in the fall is special. So many creations with apples crop up this time of year. There is nothing like biting into a sweet, juicy and crisp apple that has just been harvested from the fall apple trees.
A quick visit to the local orchard to get some of the best apples you'll have all season and come home and bake a delicious dessert. I believe this Swedish cinnamon apple cake fits that bill.
It is a cross between a coffee cake and a cobbler. The apples are blanketed in the batter and cook down beautifully in the cake. It's an easy dessert to assemble and takes about an hour to bake. You and your family are going to love this cake. Oh, and the other thing to love: this cake cost me $4.17 to make.
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 stick butter - melted
- 1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3 apples - peeled, cored and sliced (1/4 inch thick) - granny smith, glory, macoun or empire work well.
- cooking spray
- Cinnamon sugar mixture: 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon
- Butter a cast iron skillet or deep pie plate or use a non stick spray and lightly sprinkle with flour.
- Make the cinnamon sugar mixture and prepare the apples. Toss the apples in the sugar mixture (saving a little bit to sprinkle on top of the cake) and set aside.
- Sift together the flour and baking powder in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, with a hand held mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow. This is important that you do this step properly.
- To the sugar and eggs, add in the melted butter and sifted flour and baking powder mixture - a little at a time until well blended.
- Pour the batter in a cast iron skillet or pie plate and insert the apples into the mixture. Sprinkle the top with some of the cinnamon sugar and it's all set for the oven.
- Bake in a 350° oven for 1 hour and test to see that an inserted toothpick comes out clean. You may need an additional ten minutes depending on your oven. I found that baking this cake this time that it was indeed ready in 58 minutes.
My husband made the cake again yesterday. He kind of messed up a bit, but it ended up tasting good! This is what he did differently:
- He slipped in an extra teaspoon of cinnamon to the flour by mistake.
- He did not sift the flour as called for.
Serve warm or at room temperature.