Nov 15, 2014

Apple amaretti cake


Soft, delicious apple dessert with juicy slices of fruit in soft cake topped with a light crunch from amaretti that tastes like heaven...


Apple amaretti cake
adapted from Ho Voglia di Dolce
time: 20 min preparation / 50 min baking / 30 min cooling

ingredients
3 medium/large apples
juice from 1 lemon
3 eggs, room temperature
150 g (2/3 cup) brown sugar + 1 Tablespoons for finishing
45 ml (3 Tablespoons) whisky
120 g (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
160 ml (2/3 cup) milk (I used almond)
400 ml (1 2/3 cup) flour (I used whole spelt)
50 g (5 Tablespoons) potato starch
8 g (2 teaspoons) baking powder
100 g (3.5 oz) amaretti cookies, crushed with your hands (set about 1/3 aside for topping)

method
Preheat oven to 180C/360F (static function). Line a 26 cm (10 inch) baking form with parchment paper. To line a baking dish: I cut a piece of paper large enough, crush it between my hands, soak it under water, squeeze the water out, shake (gently) the paper to open and line the dish.

Peal and slice apples in thin wedges. Spray them with lemon juice and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, potato starch and baking powder.

In a bowl of a standing mixer, beat eggs with sugar and whisky till pale and foamy (whisk attachment/high speed/5 min). Lower mixer's speed to "stir". Slowly pour in butter, milk. Then add flour mix and let the mixer run till ingredients are just incorporated (and not any longer). Turn the machine off. Using a rubber spatula slowly incorporate apples and cookies (leave little quantities of both for topping). Pour it into the prepared form. Top the apple batter with the leftover apples slices, amaretti and brown sugar.

Set it in the hot oven for about 50 min till golden and the toothpick from the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, let it cool in the form for 30 minutes.

notes
  • the original recipe asked for Amaretto liqueur which I didn't have so I added some whisky instead;
  • the flavors turned out perfectly balanced, nothing was overpowering and everything so delicious that this cake will come down in the history as one of the fastest "to-be-gone" in this family.

30 comments:

  1. This cake looks so pretty! I love apple desserts and adding the amaretti sounds amazing!

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  2. Pretty, delicious, the perfect fal dessert!
    Have a lovely weekend,dear Ela!

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  3. I love apple desserts and your cake looks magnificent! I love the crunchy topping!

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  4. Looks wonderful. Love that amaretti topping!

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  5. Dear Elzbieta, I always love a good apple dessert as well. This would be great with cup of coffee. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  6. You had my attention at 'apple cake'. Yum! Do you home deliver?

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  7. Can I have a slice? Can I, please? This looks so GOOOOD! That golden crunchy nutty topping is utterly delicious.
    Happy Sunday!
    Angie

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  8. I love apple desserts and this looks like a real winner, I love the crunchy topping such a pretty cake.

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  9. Hi Ela, another fantastic cake recipe, love the topping!

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  10. A wonderful combination of ingredients and a treat I would love! How pretty it looks too.

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  11. A beautiful cake and wonderful flavors!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  12. Beautiful cake, full of apple Fall flavor! Love it!

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  13. Such a great cake, looks like fall (not looking at the snow falling) and just adore amaretti cookies!

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  14. It looks and sounds insanely good; great autumn recipe!

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  15. I still can't get enough apple recipes right now - this cake looks delicious!

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  16. This cake reminds me of the many apple cakes that I have on my list of things to bake which I still haven't gotten around to haha.... it look so good! Definitely going in that list (hoepfully I'll remember to make one soonish!)

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  17. Look really dleicious Ela.!
    I love apples.

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  18. WOW! That looks incredible! One of my favorite parts of fall is homemade apple desserts.

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  19. I really like the idea of adding amaretti to an apple cake. I can't wait to give it a try. :)

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  20. I'm comin over.... WOW, such a pretty cake! Its tea time in my office, really need to figure out the teleporting thing. So yarm! :)

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  21. That cake is a sure winner if you put it in any cake contest. I wouldn't change a thing to this recipe.

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  22. What a beautiful cake, Ela! It sounds divine with the whiskey, cookies and all that glorious butter ;D I've never heard of adding potato starch to a cake....heavens save a slice for me!

    xo,
    Tammy<3

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  23. I bet it does taste like heaven and it is beautiful! Love the whiskey and the cookies sound so wonderful!

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  24. Can't get enough of apple desserts, Ela! This cake looks divine. Love the amaretto cookies in it. Wonder how amaretto liqueur would be instead of whiskey?

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  25. Apple and Amaretto sounds like a combination of flavors made in culinary heaven.

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  26. Craving for some apple cake now!

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  27. It's been long since I heard from you Ela!! Hope you are doing great!!

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  28. Was just thinking about you and hope you are well!

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  29. Hello there, so happy to see that you are blogging again! xxx

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