Due to the overwhelming response on social media last Saturday, I am re-posting the recipe for this show stopper apple cake (plus I made a few changes since the first time I made it in 2013). I originally found this cake on my friend Charles’ blog, Five Euro Food (in hiatus right now), I had made it for Easter dinner for the outlaws. It was quite the success the first time, so I’m not really sure why I haven’t made it since. Way back in 2013 I had to alter the original recipe because we had diabetic and hypo-glycemic guests and you know how I hate to make two different things, so I was happy to convert Charles’ recipe to fit the circumstance. Last Saturday did not present such issues, so I revised the recipe again and liked it even better.
The recipe depends on the sweetness and flavour of the apples and I must say that the humble Macintosh really shined. As you read the recipe, you will notice that it has exactly 17 g (1 tbsp) brown sugar so don’t expect a super sweet cake, but those of you who like dessert, but not overwhelmingly sweet, will love this version. Of course, the Skor bits add sweetness and a touch of caramel flavour within the sliced apples, in the topping adds some lovely texture. Of course, you may omit them if you cannot find them (or you could buy them on Amazon).
Appelkaka Remake, A Swedish Apple Cake
Makes one 16.5 cm (6.5 inch) cake, serves 4-6, depending on the slice size
To make a 23 cm (9 inch) cake, double the recipe
- 800 g (1 3/4 lb), about 8 small Macintosh Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- lemon juice
- 17 g (1 tbsp) brown sugar
- 120 g (1 1/4 cup) oats
- 50 g (1/2 cup) almond flour or meal
- 2 g (1 tbsp) cinnamon
- 35 g (1/4 cup) Skor bits, divided
- 60 g (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
- Pre heat the oven to 395° F (200° C).
- Line a 16.5 cm (6.5 inch) spring form pan with parchment.
- To the small bowl of a food processor add, brown sugar, oats, almond flour, cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the Skor bits and butter; pulse until it resembles a coarse meal.
- Take about 1/2 of the oat mix and press firmly into the bottom of the prepared springform pan.
- Peel and finely slice the apples, a splash of lemon juice will prevent them from discolouring.
- Carefully arrange about half of the apples on the oat mixture, sprinkle with half of the remaining Skor bits, then finish layering the remaining apples and press down firmly.
- Sprinkle the remainder of the oat mix with the remainder of the Skor bits on top, just like a crumble.
- Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the apples are luciously soft (test with a toothpick).
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- I used macintosh apples (sold in a bag) from no frills, they are the perfect baking apples.
- Slice the apples using a mandolin, believe me, it makes it a lot quicker and far less tedious (but watch your fingers!).
- I used large oats which were not instant, instant would probably work as they are used to absorbed the liquid the apples release.
- If you don’t use Skor bits, try a squeeze of organic honey!