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The Hygge Series: French Apple Cake

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7 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 egg
2 egg yolk
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp granulated sugar

The Hygge Series: French Apple Cake

  • Serves 6
  • Medium




Whenever I hear ‘enjoy your life’, for some reason I think of the French. No one does it better than them – they eat their white gluten-filled bread, lots of wine and dark chocolate, carry off super cool outfits and have a je ne sais quois about them. And in my books, anyone who can eat baguettes with wine and still be a size 2 is living a very good life indeed.

So, when I received a truckload of apples (no idea who sent them, but I saw them in the kitchen), I decided a French apple cake was in order. The first time I had a slice of the French cake was at a friend’s house in Paris. She had done up a gorgeous meal in her tiny flat – that housed everything in a very neat way – and the meal ended with this lovely delightful slice of cake, with a bit of cream.

This French apple cake is a cross between custard, pie and cake – a complete play on texture and the details in creating this may sound like a fuss, but in typical French way, is hardly a sweat. The top of the cake is crackly, while the inside is soft and custard like with layers of apples – you achieve this by separating the batter mid-way and adding extra yolks into the inside batter, and extra flour into the top layer. This cake needs to be completely cooled before you serve, and a simple dusting of sugar is good enough, but a bit of ice cream or cream is even better!

Photo Credits: The Kitchen Trail

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Preheat the oven to 200C and grease and line a medium cake tin
Whisk the whole egg with milk, oil and vanilla
Add 1 cup flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk
Remove about ¾ cup of cake batter into another bowl and whisk the 2 tbsp flour into it and set aside
In the main batter bowl add 2 egg yolks and whisk
Then add the apple slices and gently combine to coat each slice
Pour this batter into the cake tin and gently coax the apples together
Pour the ¾ cup cake batter on top
Bake for 25-40 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool completely
Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar on top and a dollop of vanilla ice cream or cream

Kamini Patel

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