Calvados Apple Cake
Calvados Apple Cake gets an extra boost with fragrant Calvados. We have also added cinnamon and the underused spice cardamom.
Bake this cake up for a casual Sunday winter dinner, after an afternoon of snowshoeing. Turn on the fireplace. Light a few candles. And be prepared to end your meal with this sweet and homey cake.
Serve with real whipped cream, butterscotch ice cream or caramel sauce. For something stronger pair Calvados Apple Cake with a brandy snifter of Calvados, served at room temperature.
Calvados Apple Cake
- 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thinly
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup Calvados
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Prepare a 9-inch cake pan.
- Place the apples in a bowl.
- Add brown sugar and lemon juice. Stir and set aside.
- To prepare the cake, place Peetz Smart Blend in a medium bowl.
- Whisk in baking powder, cinnamon and cardamon.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together for two minutes.
- Add 1 egg and beat for 1 minute.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula before adding each additional eggs one by one.
- Add the Calvados and mix for 1 minute.
- Add the dry ingredients and beat just until a batter forms.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
- Place the apples on top of the cake in a circular formation, starting at the edge of the pan and working inward. Press down lightly.
- Bake the cake for approximately 45 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Place cake on a wire baking rack to cool for 10 minutes, before unmolding.
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What is Calvados?
Calvados is a brandy or eau-de-vie from the French region in Normandy. While most French brandies are made with wine, Calvados is made from apple cider or sometimes pear cider.
There are many different varieties of Calvados, considering the region produces 239 apples and 139 varieties of pears.
Look for one that has a single-distillation when baking this cake. A single-distillation will preserve more of the fruit flavours. Also picking a young variety will enhance this as the flavour of this brandy grows more complex with age.
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