Friday, October 29, 2010

FFWD ~ Marie Helene's Apple Cake

I am very excited to make my first post for French Friday's with Dorie. The fact that I am baking an apple cake just adds to my excitement.  I love cooking but baking is my true passion. I have loved baking for as long as I can remember. I think I was 6 years old and visiting my Aunt Emma. She asked if I would like to bake a pie. I really didn't know, since I had never baked before, but what 6 year old doesn't want to eat pie?  So why not bake one? My aunt mixed up the pie crust so quickly and let me roll it out and help her put it into a pie plate. We made cherry pie and put a lattice top on it! For me it was magic. That was many years ago but that was the beginning. I was in love with the process. The measuring, the rolling and the smell of something wonderful in the oven.  My aunt is now 87 and can't bake much anymore but, I will never forget my introduction to baking. Lucky for me, she was just one of the great bakers in our family.

I loved this cake! I was surprised at the ease of preparation. I used 3 varieties of apples. Winesap, Macs, and Golden Delicious. I peeled and cut them as suggested. I was temped to slice them but, told myself to follow the recipe. I'm so glad I did. The chunks of apple in this cake are marvelous. The cake is moist and almost custard like. We had friends over for coffee yesterday and they thought this cake was delicious.
Every baker has a few favorite "go to" recipes for a quick dessert. Because of the ease of preparation and the absolute deliciousness of this cake….this will definitely be added to mine.  I'm so glad Dorie took the time to decipher Marie Helene's Apple Cake!!
This recipe is in Dorie Greenspan's new book "Around My French Table" and also on Epicurious.


  





9 comments:

  1. I agree - I think this is definitely going to be one of my "go to" dessert recipes. Yours turned out so fluffy. Gorgeous!

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  2. It's going to be a keeper for me, too! It was so easy and so good.

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  3. Your cake looks lovely! Where would we be without our baking mentors? That was a great story about your aunt.

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  4. Welcome! Wasn't this great!? I too hope that I can keep this as my go to dessert... and its so simple perhaps one day I will even memorize it.
    Trevor Sis Boom

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  5. Lovely cake! Isn't FFwD fun? Thanks for sharing.

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  6. agree..this is definitely a go-to recipe.

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  7. Beautiful job on your cake! It's quite beautiful. (Man, this is a wonderful recipe!)

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  8. Thanks Everyone for the very nice comments. I appreciate them.

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