Cardamom Cognac Apple Cake


Ingredients: Cardamom Cognac Apple Cake:

  • Apple
  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t. ground cardamom
  • 3/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 3 T cognac (I used honey liquor, Krupnikas, from Lithuania)
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C. buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 3 medium Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 T. turbinado sugar
  • Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Place a piece of parchment paper into an 8-or 9-inch cast iron pan and grease with butter.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cardamom, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Whisk in the granulated sugar, cognac, and vanilla extract. Pour in the buttermilk and whisk to combine.

3. Peel, halve, and core 2 1/2 of the apples, then cut them into 1/2-inch-thick cubes. Reserve the remaining half apple (unpeeled, and cut into 1/4-inch slices) for the top.

4. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined, then gently fold in half of the melted butter. Repeat with the remaining flour and butter. Gently fold in the cubed apples, reserving the slices. Transfer the batter to the pan and arrange the apple slices in a circular pattern on top of the batter. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake until the cake turns a deep golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55-65 minutes. Transfer the skillet to a cooling rack and let sit for 5 minutes. The cake may be served warm or at room temperature, directly from the skillet; whichever you choose, be sure to dust with confectioners sugar before serving.

Notes: This is an easy cake to whip together and you don’t need your standing mixer, hand mixing is fine. If you don’t have cognac or Krupnikas, the original recipe says that Calvados, rum, or bourbon work well too.
From: Amy Glass

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