If you follow along on social media or get my email newsletter you know that we spent two weeks last month traveling around France with our three boys. We spent time in the Normandy region and in the Loire Valley. It was one of those dream trips I spent months planning, but in reality the entire trip was more reminiscent of a National Lampoon’s movie-one mishap after another! One good thing I did take away from the trip was all the amazing food I tried-like this delicious French Apple Cake Recipe.
Apples are a specialty in the Normandy region, they have a apple brandy called Calvados that they are quite proud of, and rightfully so, it’s delicious! This apple cake uses Calvados but if you don’t have that or apple brandy you can easily use a dark rum as a substitute and the result will still be amazing. I love this dessert because it looks so fancy all served up with powdered sugar but in reality it whips together quickly and easily. The cake has a creamy, almost custard-like layer at the bottom and the top is light and fluffy, like a well-done coffee cake.
In case you were wondering about those travel mishaps, the first day of our vacation my camera and wallet were stolen which had multiple second and third order effects on the rest of the vacation. Luckily they didn’t get the passports and I was able to cancel my bank cards right away but it still threw me for a loop-I hadn’t experienced anything like that in all of our other travels.
There were many more mishaps along the way but we won’t get into those now-maybe on a Facebook Live broadcast one day so you can laugh along with me at the hilarity of it all! Instead, back to the cake! (Printable recipe below.)
French Apple Cake
Delicious French apple cake is an easy dessert recipe that pulls together quickly but looks and tastes like it came from a high end bakery! Dense creamy base with a light fluffy cake layer on the top.
4 large apples (any variety)
3 tablespoons Calvados, apple brandy, or dark rum
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted and slightly cooled
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch springform pan with baking spray (or butter and lightly flour the surface.)
Core the apples and slice into 1/8 thick slices. Place apple slices in a medium bowl and pour over the Calvados, toss to coat and allow to soak.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl add eggs and mix with a wire whisk until frothy. Add vanilla extract and sugar and mix until combined. Add butter and continue to stir. Add flour mixture a little at a time stirring constantly until batter is uniform. Fold in apples, making sure to include any remaining Calvados at the bottom of the bowl. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and pat down the apples with a spatula.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool at least 5 minutes before removing from pan. Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments below!
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