Tuscan Apple Cake
Sometimes referred to as 'Italian Apple Cake', this traditional treat from Tuscany is so easy to make -- and yet so DELICIOUS! (VIDEO ABOVE).
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar (plus 1/2 tsp for dusting)
- 1 & 3/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 lemon, grated zest
- 3 apples, peeled and cored
- 25 grams butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
- 1 tsp powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
Cut one apple into small cubes and the rest into thin slices. Set aside. Preheat oven to 180 degrees-C (350 degrees-F). Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan. Beat eggs and sugar together until the mixture turns pale yellow. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, milk and lemon zest. Mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the greased (and floured) cake pan.
Add cubed apples on the mixture and arrange the thin slices of apple on top.
Sprinkle the apples with ½ tsp sugar. Add the bits of butter randomly.
Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until the top has slightly turned golden. The sides will be the first portion to turn dark, that is normal.
Take pan out of the oven and set aside to cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired). Serve.
You can use a different size of cake pan, just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Feel free to use your favourite type of apple, or a combination of different varieties.
Depending on your type of oven, do not forget to place the cake pan on the lower part of your oven, to prevent browning the tops and sides too much.