Breaking the rules. It is unusual for me to publish a ‘sweet post’ on Monday. And it is unusual for Mother Nature to have a snowstorm at the end of March.
When none of simple and delicious baking ideas come to my mind, I know it is time to make an apple cake. Making cakes, pies and other pastries with apples is always a win-win situation: in most cases it is easy and everyone likes them.
I have so many apple based dessert recipes, that I can keep making them for a few months without repeating.
It takes only few minutes to prepare this very tasty cake plus baking-cooling time. The result will please you – crumbly, crunchy, creamy cake. Delish!
one 9” diameter cake
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 stick (4 oz/114 g) butter, cut into pieces
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, pecans) or/and powdered sugar for dusting
For the filling:
- 1 very large apple
- Juice of ½ small lemon
- 1 package (8 oz/250 g) Philadelphia or homemade cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ – ½ cup sugar (or to taste, the amount depends on the sweetness of the apple)
Butter a 9” cake springform.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
In a food processor bowl combine all the ingredients for making the dough, except the eggs.
Add the eggs. Blend until the crumbs form. If the dough sticks to your hands, add a little more flour.
Transfer the dough into the form. Press to the bottom and the sides of the form up to ¾” high.
Pour the filling.
If using, sprinkle with the nuts.
Bake for 40-45 minutes.
Cool in the form. Transfer onto a dish.
If using, dust the cooled cake with powdered sugar, using a fine strainer, just before serving.
For the filling:
With a mixer beat the cream cheese with ¼ cup sugar until creamy.
Peel the apple clean and coarsely grate it (I use a “mandolin” type julienne grater). Drizzle the apple with lemon juice.
Stir in the apple and vanilla extract into the cream cheese. Taste it, and add more sugar, if necessary.
Cook with pleasure!