Yum! Apple Cake. This recipe is a favorite in our household as the days begin to get shorter and colder. The best part, of course, is going out to the apple orchard to pick the apples. Since Molto Mayhem takes place in the spring and summer, I don't write about Lucia picking apples. But I can imagine she and Aiden goofing off in the branches of a tree. And the recipe is so simple, even Aiden wouldn't mess it up.
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!
The heroine of Molto Mayhem, Lucia, is sent to Italy to learn the fine art of cooking from her Aunt Cristina. In a twist, it is actually the uncle who teaches her the beauty of Italian cuisine.