French Apple Cake

We’ve got a bag of apples that need using up, and this French apple cake from Cook’s Illustrated’s appears to be a simple way to do it.

Slice apples, microwave, douse in Calvados & lemon juice. Mix dry, mix wet, and mise en place.

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Mix up wet and dry, take a cup and make thicker with flour, add apples to other part.

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Apple layer in first, then the thickened layer.

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Bake at 140C fan for 1 1/4 hours until golden brown on top, and not too wobbly. Ended up being 1h25 for me.

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Three hours of cooling later (!) it’s ready for dusting with icing sugar.

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And finally it’s time to eat cake!

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It’s really good. It reminds us both of a cake we’ve had before, but can’t quite place it. I think we’ll have to have another slice to help jog our memories!

Update: the morning after

This is even better as breakfast, with a cup of strong coffee. Proper French cake I guess!

We also worked out what it reminded it us of: frangipane. Which led us to an idea for a variant: instead of adding 2 Tbsp flour to the top layer, add ground almonds, and top with flaked almonds.

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