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French Apple Cake

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Looking for an elegant dessert for company as we enter an entertainment season?  Try this French Apple Cake. Beautiful, light, delicious and a show stopping presentation.

If you want a non-pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this is a great choice, as it is for any special meal. You won’t miss the usual cinnamon spice with apples that we typically use with baked apple dishes. The dark rum adds a special essence that you will want to taste.  C’est si bon!

See recipe below.


French Apple Cake

Vegetarian/Dairy Free/Kosher

Yield: One 9-inch cake

3/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

4 large apples, peeled, cored and diced

2 large eggs, at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon Stevia)

3 tablespoons dark rum

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Heavily spray with oil an 8- or 9-inch spring form pan and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.

  3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. In another bowl, beat eggs until foamy then mix in sugar, rum and vanilla. Add in half the flour mixture, then fold in half of the melted butter

  5. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, then the rest of the butter.

  6. Fold in the apple cubes until well coated with the batter and using a soft plastic spatula, pour all into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top.

  7. Place cake on middle rack in oven. Bake the cake for 50 minute to 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the pan and carefully remove the sides of the cake pan, making sure no apples are stuck to it.


Expandthetable suggestions

Diabetic: ½ cup minus 1 tablespoon Stevia

Alcohol free: Increase to 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

Buttery: Use butter instead of vegetable oil

Adapted from David Lebovitz who adapted it from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

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On her 15th birthday, Brigit Quinn’s mother gives her a large leather journal written by the women in her family, beginning on Sept.19, 1324.  As Brigit begins to read, “Part way through my fingers tingled and my room blurred away,"  and she see what happened to her ancestor.  She reads, “If only words you see before ye/Then alas you are not worthy.”


Is Brigit worthy of the gifts she receives? As she reads about the crises of her female ancestors, her family's  ancient journal, with a bit of magic, helps Brigit find her own way. 

The Lavender Tea Bread paired with this review was a hit at our house--you'll love it too!

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