This is one of my favorite recipes, a cake that magically transports you to Tuscany with the first bite.
2 large Granny Smith apples
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
8 tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup whole milk
¼ cup calvados
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. Salt
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
¼ cup pine nuts
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 10-inch spring-form cake pan and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
Peel the apples, halve and core them, and then slice thinly. Place in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Set aside the apples.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and the 1 ½ cups sugar until creamy. Stir in the melted butter, milk, calvados and vanilla. Sift the flour and the baking powder into a separate bowl and stir in the salt and lemon zest. Gradually incorporate the egg mixture and the pine nuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the sliced apple in concentric circles over the surface.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the torte comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely, then release the pan sides and slide the torte onto a serving plate. Dust the top of the torte with confectioner’s sugar. Cut into wedges to serve.
This recipe can serve 8-12 people.
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