Saturday, 15 November 2014

Apple cake, Torta di mele

Apple pie without the cheese
Is like a kiss without the squeeze.

Growing up in England we had Apple Crumble or Apple Pie for pudding about once a week. Apple crumble was quick and easy to make and could be put in the oven along with a Shepherd's Pie. Apple pie was more for Sunday lunch and served with custard or cream. When I came to Italy my mother-in-law made Apple Cake, Torta di mele. This is more like a cake that is served with coffee or tea, than a pudding, and keeps for a few days. There are many ways of making Torta di mele. You can add cinnamon, nutmeg, almonds, brown sugar, put the apples all in at once or layer them attractively on the top. Whatever recipe you follow everyone likes it. It's a sure success.
Apple Cake is one of those recipes that must be made with love and smiles. Take your time and put some music on and enjoy making your Apple Cake. If you make it for a Sunday treat then some might be left over for breakfast on Monday morning to start the week off with a swing.
Some friends of mine went to Sud Tyrol and brought me back a large basket of apples. We have really enjoyed looking at them on the table and eating one a day. They look very decorative and of course you know the saying,
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but today it's time to use some of  them to make a cake.
This is my mother-in-law's recipe, I hope you like it.

4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced and sprinkled with lemon juice to stop them from going brown.
250g sugar
250g butter, at room temperature
3 eggs, separated.
250g self-raising flour or plain flour with a packet of baking powder

Heat the oven to 180.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
Cream the sugar and butter until soft and fluffy.
Add the eggs yolks and beat well.
Fold in the flour and the beaten egg whites.
Stir in the apple slices .
Pour into a cake tin lined with greaseproof paper or well buttered.
Sprinkle over some sugar and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Leave the Apple cake to cool down in the tin and then turn out into a plate.
Dust the top with icing sugar.
Serve with cream or ice-cream if liked, or why not .. a piece of cheese.
Whatever you do don't forget the squeeze.
Buona Domenica.


A basket of apples from a friend

Get everything ready

Straight from the oven and looking good

Dust with icing sugar and ready to go

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