Another seasonal recipe: Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

October 30, 2013 § 1 Comment

Yes,  SWEETTABLESCAPES counts apples as one of our favorite fruit and this time of year, every week-end brings a new dessert if not an old standard.

This time, we tried this recipe from Martha Stewart. It is a large and spicy cake that really brings all the current flavors together. Instead of caramelizing the apples, a friend suggested cooking them in a bit of an alcohol of your choice…we decided we’d tried that next time!!

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Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

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You’ll need:

For the Caramelized Apples

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tart green apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks

For the Cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

For the glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
Storage: Glazed cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Directions

  1. Make the caramelized apples: Cook granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, without stirring, until sugar caramelizes, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in apples. Cook, covered, until softened, about 6 minutes. Slightly mash apples with a fork until broken down but still chunky. Continue to cook, uncovered, stirring, until liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Let cool completely.IMG_4938IMG_4939IMG_4942
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cake: Butter a 10-inch Bundt pan. Dust with flour, tapping out excess. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt into a medium bowl.IMG_4940IMG_4941
  3. Beat butter and brown sugar with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Mix in caramelized apples and the walnuts.IMG_4943IMG_4944IMG_4945IMG_4946IMG_4947IMG_4948
  4. Transfer batter to pan. Bake until cake is deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cake cool in pan set on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out cake onto rack, and let cool completely.IMG_4949IMG_4950
  5. Once cake is cool, make the glaze: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar and cider. Drizzle over top of cake, letting it drip down the sides.IMG_4951IMG_4952IMG_4953 photo copy
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