Prep 35 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is the recipe for my mum's apple cake, the best apple cake and maybe the best cake I've ever eaten. It's great to eat as a dessert with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream with chopped hazelnuts, or sprinkled with sherry or dessert wine. Can be frozen baked and reheated in a microwave. My mum translated this for me from her mother's Danish cookbook, Bo Bedre's Bagebog, by Lilian Kaufman 1966. The original recipe is called Reinette-Kage (Reinette Cakes).
- Whisk the eggs, slowly adding sugar until the mix becomes a light and airy.
- Melt the butter slowly without burning it (for example in the microwave) and let it cool down, and add it to the mixture, along with the grated lemon peel.
- Mix the flour, vanilla essence and baking powder and add it to the mixture.
- Line a large baking tin (lasagna dish) with greaseproof paper: cut the paper to 2" (5cm) larger on each side than the base of the tin, cut into each corner and press down into the tin.
- Pour the mixture into the tin.
- Peel and core the apples, cut into wedges (about 4mm thick at outside) and push them down vertically into the cake mix, so that the curved outsides face upwards towards you, and the sharp insides point downwards into the cake, like teeth. The slices should be completely buried in the cake mix, or they will burn.
- Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the apple slices.
- Bake at 175'C for 45 minutes. Allow to cool partly in the tin before removing to cool down on a wire rack.
This is similar to my mother's Norwegian apple cake, and I was able to convert it to gluten free simply by substituting a gluten free flour mix, 1 tsp. of xanthan gum, and an extra egg. I also cut the butter in half and added 1/2 cup milk. Delicious, fast and a wonderful way to use up extra apples!
Is 2 tablespoons of grated lemon peel correct? You can't get that from 1/2 a lemon. 2 teaspoons perhaps?