Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Almost Smitten Kitchen's Mom's Apple Cake



In what appears to be an apple cake dependency, I followed up my Greek-i-fied Jewish apple cake with a twist on one of blogosphere's most epic cooking food blogs, Smitten Kitchen. I made her (Deb's) mom's apple cake which I read about via other bloggers blowing their tops from this cake. Yada yada, so un-original, I know, but I just want to say that this recipe is legit and I like it better than my previous apple cake


The apples keep it moist, the cinnamon is at the perfect comfort level, and the ingredients are so simple. Of course I altered mine using olive oil and spelt flour, but I am sure it would be even more refined following the standard  procedure. Hurrah for apples and hurrah for Jewish apple cakes!  




Banana Wonder Does Smitten Kitchen Mom's Apple Cake
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
(makes one loaf)


4 granny smith apples
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup AP flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup blood orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan. Peel, core and chop apples into medium sized chunks. Toss with cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Stir together flours, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla together. 
  • Mix wet ingredients with dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. 
  • Pour remaining batter over the apples and arrange apples on top. Bake for about 1 hour, or until tester comes out clean. Dust with powdered sugar (I didn't, whoops!)

13 comments:

JustinM said...

I've never tried one of these, it never interested me... but I would if you made it.

Dzoli said...

I like the ingredients.This is an honest great tasting apple cake;)

Peter M said...

Nice and moist and no baking soda in there...a triumph of sorts these days!

Lenia said...

I adore all kind of desserts with apples!I must try this one!It looks fantastic!Filakia,annoula mou!

garden at nina place said...

I haven't made apple cake for such a long time. Yours look pretty good Anna!

Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com said...

A perfect fall snack. Very nice recipe.

Anna A. said...

JustinM - Gotta get in the mooood.

Dzoli - Thanks! I can't believe how good it is - I want to try it with other fruit now...

Peter - I guess not!

Lenia - Love the apples - and simple cakes like this make great comfort food.

Elra - I'd like to see one of your apple cakes, you baking wizard, you!

Eva - Thank you, snacks, brekkie and dessert :-)

Helen said...

That cake looks great! Apples seldom last long around here for me to be able to make a cake with. My husband loves his apples...and bananas ;)

Helen said...

That cake looks great! Apples seldom last long around here for me to be able to make a cake with. My husband loves his apples...and bananas ;)

Helen said...

That cake looks great! Apples seldom last long around here for me to be able to make a cake with. My husband loves his apples...and bananas ;)

Helen said...

Oops! sorry about that Anna. My internet connection has been so sluggish lately.

Helen said...

That cake looks great! Apples seldom last long around here for me to be able to make a cake with. My husband loves his apples...and bananas ;)

Let Me Eat Cake said...

love the big chunks of apples throughout the cake! great cake for the Fall!