A Good Booktrack... and Some Baking.
By Caroline Shaheed
We have decided to start our Monday morning planning meetings at Booktrack with some homemade goodies inspired by books we love.
To kick things off I made a German Apple Cake, inspired by eBook Snow White, of course. But a quick disclaimer, my apples were the non-poisonous sort, picked straight from my dad’s trees. So please do not worry, no one here will fall into a deep sleep waiting for true love and I am not a wicked witch. Also I apologize for the aforementioned plot spoilers.
I got the recipe from the original domestic goddess, aka Martha Stewart. I did take a few liberties and made some of my own amendments. I personally like apples in my apple cake and not just on top. So I diced up some apples tossed them in some brown sugar and cinnamon and threw them into the batter. I have to admit, it turned out very well! This is definitely a recipe I would make again, and I am sure one Snow White and the Evil Queen would both enjoy, maybe it would even bring them closer together? Ok maybe that’s taking it a bit far, but it was good.
So good in fact, that we are sharing the recipe here with you:
German Apple Cake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I suggest upping the cinnamon and throwing about a teaspoon in the batter)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 to 5 tart apples
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8-inch square pan or equivalent-size baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup of the sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
- Dice one or two of the apples and toss with a bit of cinnamon and sugar. Mix them into the batter.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3-cup sugar with the cinnamon. Squeeze lemon juice into a medium bowl. Peel, core, and slice the remaining apples into the bowl. Add the cinnamon-sugar mixture and toss to thoroughly coat each apple slice. Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter in overlapping rows, pressing lightly into the batter. Bake for 45 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Make sure you check in every Monday, to see what have baked up and to get the recipe so that you can bake it yourself!