Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Apple and Olive Oil Cake

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A few kilometers from Quebec City, there is an island named Île d’Orléans known for its numerous orchards. We went there apple picking last month. 

The orchard we visited offered two kinds of apples: Empire and Cortland. We picked up a little of each kind. I've been cooking with them these days almost all the time. Some of the recipes I made were: Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Cranberry and Apple Crumble, Apple and Olive Oil Cake (today’s recipe), Apple and Berry Cake and Apple and Pear Verrines. Next, I’m going to make szarlotka (a traditional Polish Apple Cake) and probably a few other delicacies with apples as a main ingredient. 

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One of the recipes that I would like to recommend you is Apple and Olive Oil Cake from my favorite food blog, La Tartine Gourmande. I baked the cake twice, once following exactly Béa’s gluten-free recipe and second time using all-purpose flour. To be honest, we didn't like the bitter aftertaste in the gluten-free version of the cake. The all-purpose flour version, on the other hand, was absolutely delicious!!! The cake turned out light and fluffy and the apple inside were mouthwatering. 

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Here's how I made the cake, for the gluten-free version check Béa’s blog here.

Have a nice day everyone!!!


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Apple and Olive Oil Cake

1 tbsp butter
3 medium-sized apples
½ cup blond cane sugar + 2 extra tbsp for the apples
1 vanilla bean
4 eggs
pinch of salt
1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil
200 g all-purpose flour
65 g almond meal
2 teaspoons baking powder

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Peel and core the apples, then cut into thin slices.

In a frying pan, heat one tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add sliced apples, 2 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla bean together with the scraped out seeds. Cook for 5 minutes or until the apples are soft. Discard the vanilla bean. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Grease a 10-inch round mold.

In a bowl combine flour, almond meal, and baking powder. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir in olive oil and flour mixture. Stir in apple slices. Transfer to the prepared baking pan. Bake 35-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted inside comes out clean. 

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