While apple tress are much less prevalent than olive trees in Tuscany, there are still plenty of recipes for Tuscan Apple cake (Torta Di Mele) - more like a flan than my cake recipe below.
Fresh Apple Cake - Courtesy of Winterthur's Culinary Collection
- 5 apples, peeled and cubed (note: this is the most arduous part of the recipe:>)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Put the apples into a large bowl and cover with the sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. Blend oil and eggs into apple mixture. Add dry ingredients and nuts, blending just to mix. Pour into a greased 13X9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes (I have found this to take less time, or more depending on the size of the pan I use. Check after 30 minutes. Should be firm but not hard.) Let cool for 10 minutes then sprinkle granulated sugar over top of cake. YUM!