Chef Gianluca Deiana Abis: Torta Di Mele/ Apple Cake
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Difficulty: 2 out of 5
2 lb Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples 1 cup of Sugar 2 cups of all purpose flour 1/2 cup of Butter 1 cup of Whole milk (at room temperature) 2 Eggs (at room temperature) 1 Lemon 1 tablespoon of Baking powder
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon powder pinch of Salt Confectioners sugar qb
To make an apple cake, first melt the butter in the microwave or in a water bath, and keep it aside. Grate the lemon zest and squeeze the juice to obtain about 30 g, then set aside both the zest and the juice. Divide the apples in half and remove the core. Peel the apples, then cut them into four parts and cut them into slices. Put sliced apples in a bowl and drizzle them with the lemon juice, mixing them well: this prevent apples to turn black. Then sift all purpose flour with the baking powder. In a large bowl, add eggs and somer sugar. Begin beating with the electric mixer and continue adding the sugar little by little. When the mixture starts to lighten, add a pinch of salt and continue whipping until light and fluffy dough is obtained. At this point add melted butter. Season with the ground cinnamon and also add grated lemon. Continue whipping, add the sifted flour and baking powder one spoonful at a time. When the powders are completely mix, lower the speed of the electric whisk and pour the milk. Now you can stop the process: the dough is ready. Drain apples from the lemon juice and add them into the dough, gently mix. Grease and sprinkle with a sugar a 9 inches diameter cake tin and, using a spatula, pour the dough. The cake is ready to be baked: bake it in the preheated oven to 350 F for about 55 minutes. When cooked, take it out of the oven and let it cool completely before removing it from the pan. Sprinkle the cake with Confectioners sugar and serve! Store the apple pie at room temperature, preferably under a glass bell, for a maximum of 2-3 days.
Chef tips: If you don't like cinnamon, you can flavor the cake with the seeds of a vanilla bean. To make the apple pie richer you can add raisins to the dough.