What in the world is Upple Cake? Only the most “beautifully seductive and moist” Upside Down Apple Cake. Holy drool, just looking at the caramelized apples. I need, I want…Now. I can practically taste the apples all juicy and soft from sitting in butter. Oh joy.
This recipe is from Sense of Hummus, Cooking and Other Troubles. Well honey, there’s no trouble in this recipe. And if there is, we’ll forgive you after a slice of this heaven.
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
5 firm large green apples
1/2 c. light brown sugar
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cardamon
1 vanilla bean
4 tsp tap water
juice of one lemon
1/4 stick of butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
additional butter, for greasing
Preheat oven to 375º. Grease 9? baking pan with melted butter. Peel and slice apples while removing seeds and cores. Keep slices a little thick. In a large bowl toss slices in lemon juice. Heat a heavy skillet with butter and add the lemon-apple slices, sugar, spices, water and scraped vanilla bean. Stir and cook on medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes. Mixture should turn smooth and bubbly in a light caramel color. Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes.
Now here comes the fun part: you can arrange the apples neatly, careful it’s still hot, in the baking pan and you might get two layers of apples which is fine. I arranged only the bottom layer (which is the first one you see), than poured the rest on top. I got a thick pile. I love the rustic look of imperfection in this recipe. It has its own beauty.
Now, on a floured surface roll out the thawed pastry sheet to a size inch larger than the baking pan. Do not roll it too thin, keep it slightly thick for “cushion”. Trim edges or tuck them down between the pan and the apples and lightly brush with melted butter. Bake 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let it rest for 15 minutes. If too much liquid is left at the button of the pan carefully pour most of it into a heat-proof glass jar but leave some in the pan. This delicious ooze may be drizzled later on a sliced upside down cake for extra sweetness, or on your morning toasted waffle. YUMM! did you think about that? guess not. That’s why I’m here.
For assembly: take a large beautiful serving platter and place it upside down over the pan. You’re gonna have to work quickly and carefully, it’s hot!, invert the cake over the platter. If your apples have shifted easily move them back with a fork. And there you have it.
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