This Summer Apple Cake boasts of a sweet, aromatic filling wrapped in a soft, shortbread-like crust. It’s a pure delight for the warmer evenings when served with a scoop of fresh cream.
There is a passage in Sarah McColl’s novel, Joy Enough, where she writes, “There is one way to slow a story as it speeds toward its inevitable end, and that is to linger in the scene.” Ever since I’ve read that, it has stayed with me in the back of my mind. It’s sagacious advice for all aspects of life.
In fact, yesterday afternoon saw me in the kitchen testing new recipes and photographing back-to-back posts (today’s included). It was hectic, slightly overwhelming, but beautiful. I was in my element and reveling in the thrill of it.
By the end of the day, we had a good feast to show for it. Now, I understand why my mother loves what she does. It’s one thing to sit down to a homecooked meal, it’s another experience entirely to be the one preparing that meal. To sit at the table and observe the ones you love around you, delighting in the meal you’ve just prepared- to say it’s heartwarming would be an understatement.
Let’s just say, it’s a scene I wouldn’t mind lingering in every day for the rest of my life.
That brings us to today’s recipe- Summer Apple Cake.
Is there anything more satisfying than a slice of apple cake on a summer’s evening? I don’t think so either.
This dessert is a cross between a cake and pie. While it’s wrapped in a sweet crust, it’s baked in a springform pan and the crust itself it more shortbread-style.
The center is filled with hearty, crisp apples and raisins for a taste of the season. It’s absolute heaven, to say the least.
The trick is allowing the filling sit for at least an hour. You want the apples to sit, immersed in their own juice while the raisins plump up and absorb the sweet vanilla and spices of the fruit as well.
Next, you’ll line a springform pan from top to bottom in the pastry dough. Then cover the cake with a lattice topping. (Tip: if you have any dough leftover, reshape, and cut out cookies from it. Pastry cookies are one of my favorites and perfect for dunking in coffee or tea!)
And just like that, you have a beautiful dessert on your hands.
I’m so excited about today’s recipe and hope you give it a try soon.
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