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Friday, October 24, 2008

pomme - Apple Buckle Cake

fyi, that's french for apple. all the random french vocab that wanders in my brain after all these years... i went apple picking last sunday with jab. it was on a much smaller scale than last year. not only am i minding my pennies but i'm thinking that i don't want to get tired of all the bags of apples hanging out in my fridge going into november and december. this year, i only want to make 3 apple-y stuff (cider doesn't count!) so the first one: Apple Buckle Cake. For this month's Taste & Create i was paired with The Spiced Life. She has A LOT of varied dishes to choose from: soups, cookies, meats, vegetarian, ETHNIC! so much to choose from! i knew i wanted to bake something. her Blueberry Buckle caught my fancy. i imagined myself having a piece with coffee in the early morning, foodtv on low, warm blanket in my lap.


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Apple Buckle
adapted from The Spiced Life

Streusel
6 tbl (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup AP flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Batter
1 3/4 cup sifted AP flour (sift first, then spoon in and level)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1/4 brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream (the original called for milk, i didn't have any)
3 cups diced apples, washed and thoroughly dried (that was 2 medium sized apples, i kept the skins on. good source of fiber.)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9" springform pan. Set aside.

Prepare the streusel:
Melt the butter in the microwave. Remove and cool to tepid.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter and stir together with a fork. Set aside.

Prepare the batter:
In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

Beat the butter, until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugars, in a slow drizzle, and beat on medium speed for 5-6 minutes until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each. Scrape the bowl. Blend in the vanilla.

With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and sour cream alternately, in 2 additions for the sour cream and 3 for the flour. Blend until just combined. Be care to not overwork the batter. When the batter is totally combined, fold in the diced apple very gently.

Pour batter into pan. i sprinkled a handful of apples over top. then add the layer of streusel over top.

Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes (i should've baked it for 45 minutes tho, cus i like my cake slightly undercooked.) Cool completely.

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Verdict:
when my roommate came home from work, i made her eat a slice. she raved about the way the house smelled, i wanted her opinion on how the cake tasted. she really liked it. she said it was her most favorite thing i've ever made for her, and i've made her a lot of stuff. i thought it was ok. a good breakfast item, not too sweet or overwhelming. it tastes much better the next day.

There is still time to vote for the boob bake off.

Today's Soundtrack: John Legend, Refuge (When it's Cold Outside)

"When it's cold outside/There's no need to worry cuz/I'm so warm inside/You give me peace..."

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6 comments:

  1. Great variation. Count me as one with bags of apples sitting around so maybe I will have to try it this way....

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  2. I am firmly convinced that apples taste better when you see the trees they came from---who knows why? I don't even like apples that much during the rest of the year (take em or leave em!) but when I was grabbing a quarter peck of my own, I couldn't wait to bake them into something. :)

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  3. This cake looks so moist and yummy! I'm not surprised your roommate loved it!

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  4. marye - oh it is yummy! :)

    laura - thanks so much for sharing your recipe. i'm sure the blueberries are great but with the season, apples just seemed so perfect for the cake!

    shannalee - i know what you mean! taking onus on the apples you pick for a dish you'll make, it's just so much more satisfying.

    vera - thank you! they tasted even better the follow day, heated up.

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  5. I am firmly convinced that apples taste better when you see the trees they came from---who knows why? I don't even like apples that much during the rest of the year (take em or leave em!) but when I was grabbing a quarter peck of my own, I couldn't wait to bake them into something. :)

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