Most of the time, I love the idea of apples more than I love the actual apples themselves. They’ve never been one of my favorite fruits. It’s what they represent – cool, crisp Autumn days, the heady aroma of cinnamon and spice wafting through the house from a baking pie and the promise of impending holiday celebrations – that get my juices flowing. While I don’t often eat apples out of hand, I can never resist plucking a few shiny, red and green orbs from the overflowing bins at the market. They’re pretty. I like to display them in a basket on my kitchen table. And, when they start to look a little sad, I usually bake something with them. Baking transforms apples into something I enjoy much, much more, like Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake from Dorie’s Around My French Table.
Marie-Hélène is a friend of Dorie’s from Paris. If her apple cake is anything to go on, I think that Marie-Hélène and I could definitely be BFF’s. This cake is unbelievably simple to make. It can be pulled together in mere minutes – without a Kitchenaid. But, the end result is sublime. Piles of tart and sweet apple chunks are blended into eggs, flour and melted butter, then laced with pure vanilla and dark rum. As it bakes, the fragrance of those lovely ingredients melding together will make you swoon. You will almost not be able to contain yourself as you take that first sweet, moist, lush bite. read more >>