Thursday, October 28, 2010

FFWD Week 5: Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

To finish off the first month of French Fridays with Dorie, we baked Marie-Helene's Apple Cake. This is a very simple, lovely cake chock-full of apples. Instead of the rum called for, I used apple cider, and if I had been thinking at all, I would have upped the vanilla - but I wasn't, so I didn't. I enjoyed this cake, and will enjoy the rest of it, but I feel that it is missing something. Perhaps the addition of some spices, or the rum or stronger apple cider or vanilla flavour, I'm not sure. I love how moist it is though, and will probably play around with it in the future. I used combination of Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Spartan apples. While at the grocery store, a very wise lady encouraged me to buy many Honey Crisps as they were her favourite. I don't remember ever having a Honey Crisp apple, and she was right, they are DELICIOUS! A big thank you to Laurie for organizing this great group and to all the French Friday with Dorie participants for a fantastic first month! I can't wait to see what we cook up next =)


  1. A great idea to add the cider! The alcohol certainly gave it a 'kick' and is probably the extra flavor that you found missing. It looks wonderful and I like your choice of apples! I have never heard or tasted a Spartan before.

  2. I used less rum and that gave it a rich flavour without drowning it.
    Love your photos!

  3. I am learning that the best recipes to learn, cook, blog about are the very simple ones that would otherwise get past up in the blogosphere. You are right that this is ripe for experimentation but that is why I like it so. This was just so perfect for so many reasons. Your looks just beautiful!
    Trevor Sis Boom.

  4. Honey Crisps rock. I live near an apple orchard and the row with the honey crisp apples was picked clean first!


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