gluten free italian apple cake (torta di mele) …

courtesy of separate toasters, i give you the gluten free italian apple cake.

i initially saw the recipe for this cake on another website and then went off on a tangent to other websites, as you do when surfing, and read that too much almond flour is not good for you. so i looked for an alternative and found it.

the origin of this recipe is from a book called ‘a family farm in tuscany: recipes and stories from fattoria poggio alloro‘ by sarah fioroni.

(photo courtesy of amazon)

(photo courtesy of ‘mama me gluten free’ blog)

ingredients
3 eggs
100g unrefined brown sugar (i used caster sugar)
100g ground almonds (i used almond flour)
80g gluten free flour
120ml milk
40ml butter melted (i used dairy free butter)
2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 apples peeled and cut into wedges (i used granny smith apples)

note: sarah’s original recipe uses 1 and 1/2 cups or 180g unbleached all-purpose flour.

method
1) preheat the oven to 180c.
2) grease or line with baking paper an 8 inch spring form cake pan. (i used a 9 inch pan).
3) in a bowl combine the eggs and sugar. beat well until pale yellow in colour.

4) slowly add the flour, milk and butter and continue to combine until well blended.

5) add the baking powder and vanilla and continue to beat everything together until really well combined.
6) pour the batter in to the prepared cake tin.
7) arrange the apple slices in a circle starting in the middle and working outwards.

8) bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the centre of the cake comes out clean. the cake should be golden brown.

9) allow the cake to cool for ten minutes before removing it from the pan.

10) dust with powdered sugar if you like and serve with ice cream or yoghurt. store the cake in the fridge to keep it moist.

this was one of the quickest cakes that i’ve made.

i took the cake to my brother’s the next night. it was his name/feast day – the feast day of st anthony of padua.

the best judge, of all the family members, for the cake taste test was … my nephew jake :)

jake did not leave a single crumb on his plate. i think it’s fair to say that he liked the cake ;)

“the doctor’s wife ate two apples a day, just to be safe. but her husband kept coming home.” ~ joseph gordon levitt, the tiny book of tiny stories, vol 1

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