So, I've been doing so well with my diet and exercising the past couple of weeks that I've been hesitant to bake anything lately. However, I decided to reward myself today with this Swedish Apple Cake. I have had my eye on this recipe for awhile, and I am so glad I finally tried it, because it is superb. It isn't so much like a cake as it is more like a chewy cookie in cake form. The sweetness is just right, and I would imagine it would go really well with a scoop vanilla ice cream, if I was lucky enough to have some in my freezer. The ingredients are so simple, you probably have everything you need in your kitchen. No apples? No worries, the cake stands out all on it's own. So go ahead and bake this cake, with or without the apples, it's definitely a treat.
Swedish Apple Cake
Adapted from: O Pistachio
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 apple ,cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
2. Melt the butter. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, if you're using it.
3. Working in a mixing bowl with the whisk, beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale. Stir in the vanilla, and then the melted butter. The mixture will be smooth and shiny. Stir in the dry ingredients.
4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Top with the apples, making a spiral pattern. Leave some space between each slice, so the batter can puff up between the wedges. Slide the pan into the oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack.
5. Let the cake cool for at least 15 minutes, or wait until it reaches room temperature, before you cut it into wedges to serve.