Marie-Hélène's Apple Cake- French Fridays with Dorie
I just love this recipe. It was so easy and delicious. I purchased my apples at our last Farmer's Market of the year. Just picked that morning...one Granny Smith...one Golden Delicious...one Winesap....and one Macoun. It was lovely tasting the different flavors of the fresh apple in the cake. I had exactly three tablespoons of Myer's Rum left in the bottle....this cake was meant to be.
The aroma in the house while it was baking was simply amazing....intoxicating! I think the rum and the vanilla really complement the cake beautifully. If I did not have any dark rum in the house I would absolutely use some Calvados which I always have on hand.
I did not have an 8 inch springform pan so I figured that this was the perfect time to get one. I ordered one from Amazon and while I was at it I ordered a 10 inch as well...hey, the shipping was free, right? So two Fat Daddio springform pans arrived and they looked great. I have some other Fat Daddio pans that I have really liked. Anodized aluminum and much less expensive than the German ones I really wanted. What a mistake....it leaked! So they are both going back to Amazon as soon as I get the chance. It does not pay to try to save money on bakeware. The pan has a nice lip on the bottom of the pan, made to catch those leaks! Well...the baked on batter was lovely to pick off and taste I must admit! But I do not like the pan at all. I have another 9 inch springform that I have been using for over 20 years and it has never leaked.
Sorry to vent...it was disappointing.
I decided that I just HAD to remove the cake from the spring form bottom. I should have let it cool a bit longer because I took a bit of the lovely brown top of the cake off when I inverted the cake onto a parchment lined cake board. No matter...a little sprinkle of powdered sugar hides a multitude of sins!
This recipe reminds me of another wonderful French apple cake recipe from Patricia Well's called the
"Apple Lady's Apple Cake". It is similar in that there are more apples than cake and it is made in a similar manner. I think I love Marie-Hélène's cake even more. The Apple Lady's cake is my son Sam's favorite...I can not wait to make this one for him when he gets home from college, I know he will adore it.
Thank you Dorie for another fabulous recipe! The cake was even better the next day....