Apple Cake - Torta Di Mele Al Burro
Buttery Apple Cake
Source: Savoring Italy by Michele Scicolone
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 Apples (Golden Delicious) peeled, cored, and cut into slices 1/4 inch thick
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 whole eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Note: I used Red Delicious Apples
Preheat oven to 375°. Generously butter a 9 inch round cake pan with 2 inch sides.
In a large frying pan over low heat, melt the butter. Pour 6 tablespoons of it into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Add the apple slices to the butter remaining in the frying pan and cook,
stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the whole eggs and egg yolk until blended. Add the 6 tablespoons melted butter, the vanilla, the granulated sugar, and the lemon zest. Stir in the flour mixture and the apples. Spoon into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Bake until the cake is browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Invert the cake onto a plate and lift off the pan, then invert the cake again onto the rack and let cool completely.
Just before serving, place confectioners sugar in a small sieve and dust the top of the cake.