Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You know what day it is today, don’t you? Yup, it’s cake day and to quote my Balazs: it’s the best cake Diana has ever made:) Yup, Balazs loves all things apples and custard, and those fluffy French apple squares are like your grandma's autumnal clafoutis x 100! We were both surprised by the beautifully light texture that made the whole cake feel totally unique. So, if you love apples, crave something special and enjoy custardy goodness, this is totally for you.

Custardy Apple Squares
(Recipe by Dorie Greenspan from Baking Chez Moi cookbook, slightly adapted by Nicholas Day for Food52. Makes one 8-inch square cake)

- Butter for the pan
- 3 medium apples (juicy, sweet)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (but still liquid)
- Confectioners' sugar (optional)

Heat the oven to 400° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Peel the apples. If you have a mandoline, slice the apples thinly, turning when you reach the core. (The slices should be thin but not transparent). If you don't have a mandoline, simply core and slice as thinly as you manage.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt for a couple of minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the eggs become pale. Whisk in the vanilla, then the milk and the melted butter. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. With a spatula, gently fold in the apples until each slice is coated. Scrape the batter into the pan and roughly even out the top.

Bake the cake for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden and uniformly puffed. A skewer in the middle will come out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool, then slice and dust with the optional confectioners' sugar. Ta-dah!

P.S: Speaking of apples.
P.P.S: Plus, 10 fall soups.

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Anonymous said...

I have Dorie's cookbook but I haven't made those squares yet, thanx for the reminder. They look delish. Jill

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