Saturday evening, my family asked for dessert, as they often do. I am generally opposed to feeding them something store bought made with subpar ingredients, preservatives, and additives; so, I made them a very easy and quick Apple Tarte Tatin like concoction, or an Apple Upside Down Cake, since it is not as refined as a Tarte Tatin.
FOR THE APPLES:
5 Granny Smith Apples
3 tablespoons organic Butter
1/3 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Brandy or Cognac
1 Lemon – zested
Pinch of Salt
FOR THE CAKE:
1 cup AP Flour
1/2 cup granulated Sugar
2 tablespoons Baking Powder
2 organic Eggs
3 tablespoons organic Butter – melted
1 cup Half & Half or Whole Milk
1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
Begin by peeling and slicing the apples. In a large skilled or sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the apple slices. Add the sugar and salt, stirring them in to dissolve, making sure not to break or tear the apple slices. When the apples have caramelized in the sugar and butter, add the brandy and the lemon zest. Cook for another few minutes, until the sauce in the pan has reduced to a syrup like consistency. Remove the apples from the heat, and allow them to cool.
Grease a 9.5″ pie pan and gently layer the cooled apple slices in a round configuration. Pour the brown sugar syrup from the sauté pan all over the layered apple slices.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt; add the sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together. Add the vanilla, half & half, and melted butter to the eggs, and whisk to get all the ingredients combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to get a homogenized batter. Pour the batter over the apples, and bake in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to rest for a few minutes, then place a large enough plate over the pie pan, and flip the pie over onto the plate.
You can serve this delicious apple cake warm with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar. Whichever topping you choose, I hope you enjoy.