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Category: Desserts

Warm Apple Cake

Many of us prefer homey, mouthwatering desserts to those towering, complex constructions that appear on upscale restaurant menus. Linda Olson, pastry chef at Betise, a bistro on Lake Michigan in Wilmette, Ill., bakes the full-flavored, old-fashioned desserts for which we ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Serves 12
Note: You can also top the cake with powdered sugar rather than serving it with caramel sauce and ice cream.
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tart apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional
  • Caramel sauce, optional

Step 1Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.

Step 2Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, 4 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing each well before adding another. Add vanilla; scrape down sides of bowl. Mix in dry ingredients, apples and nuts on low speed. Increase speed to medium and mix 10 seconds more. Transfer to greased 9-inch springform pan and set on baking sheet. Smooth cake top.

Step 3Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely on rack. Use small sharp knife to separate cake from sides of springform; remove ring. Serve warm (gently reheat in 300-degree oven for about 10 minutes). Cut into wedges; serve with a dollop of ice cream and warm caramel sauce.

Each serving, cake only:
331 calories; 266 mg sodium; 77 mg cholesterol; 21 grams fat; 34 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 0.56 gram fiber.
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