One of the greatest smells to ever fill a house is apple and cinnamon. One year I got tired of the same desserts every holiday. This recipe came to me via a friend and while I did alter a few small things, it was a big success. It is not too dense and smells divine while it bakes. I’m even thinking of adding a little caramel drizzle with my next slice. The original recipe called for a Bundt pan with all the apples on the bottom with the batter on top but I preferred layering it. Oh that and I didn’t have a bundt pan.
First, fill a mixing bowl halfway with water. You’re going to put your apple slices in this while preparing the rest. It will keep them from turning brown. If you’re like me, you start stressing as soon as that blade hits the skin because the last thing any of us wants is a brown apple. (I stressed the same way over potatoes too until I learn this trick)
- 4 Apples Peeled
- 4 Large Eggs Room temperature if possible
- 1 Cup Oil We used Olive
- 1/2 Cup Tangerine juice Orange will work
- 2 Tbsp Butter, melted
- 2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Cups Sugar plus 4 teaspoon more
- 3 Cups Flour Sifted if possible
- 3 Tsp Baking Powder
- 3/4 Tsp Salt
- Powdered Sugar Garnish
Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Fill a medium size bowl half way with water. You will use this for the apple slices until you are ready to use them.
Peel the apples and then cut them in half. Cut the flesh off in thin slices. I don’t particularly like big chunky apple pieces and this works nice when layering. Cut the core out of course and throw the slices in the bowl of water as you go. For the record I used Braeburn apples. They are a sweeter variety and hold up well to cooking.
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix lightly.
In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, oil and ½ cup juice and then add to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated
Strain the apples and discard the water. Add the melted butter and toss to coat. Make sure you do a thorough job here.
Add the cinnamon and 4 teaspoons sugar and again, toss to coat.
Spray a 9x11 pan with non stick spray (or coat with butter/flour).
Start layering. Add a thin layer of batter and then a layer of apple. Some people like to coat the bottom with the apple and add the batter on top. Continue until you end up with a layer of mostly batter on top. Please note that the batter will be thick so it won't spread and pour like you might expect. Just add clumps around, it will spread out as you go.
Bake for about an hour but start checking it at 50 minutes or so. When done, remove from the oven and let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.