Friday, November 12, 2010

Grandma's Italian Apple Honey Torte Recipe


Apples glazed with honey on a thick dense torte

Apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar



This is a rich torte. Growing up my grandmother just loved to use honey. She was one to put it on fried dough, on cookies, cakes and tea. Growing up this was one of our favorite tortes, I always wished for fall to hurry and get here because I knew grandma was going to make her favorite cake every year without fail when those apples were ready.  A scratch cake made with love that you'll never tire of.  The taste is like a shortcake  with an amazing glazed apple flavor. Great with coffee, this isn't  real sweet.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or plain.  A perfect dessert every time....  thanks to grandma..... This blog post is dedicated to her, the late Grandma Victoria Ferraro Colenzo we miss you always...

1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 large or 4 small Mcintosh apples, peeled and each cut into thick slices like wedges (about 1-1/4 pounds)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 extra large eggs or 3 large
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine honey and lemon juice in a large nonstick skillet; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add apples, cook 10 minutes or until almost tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, set aside.

Beat 3/4 cup granulated sugar, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in milk and lemon rind. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Batter is very thick. Spread batter into a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray pat down with floured fingers.

Remove apples from skillet with a slotted spoon. Discard remaining any liquid left. Arrange apple slices in a flowered pattern on top or spokelike wheek on top of batter, pressing slices gently into batter, anything leftover can be put in the center of the torte. Combine 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center, be careful not to overbake. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into wedges using a serrated knife. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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21 comments:

Federica said...

Apple pies are my favorites. The combination with honey makes this cake very fragrant and delicious. Grandmother's recipes are always the best. Bye dear, have a good week end

Belinda @zomppa said...

Grandma was one smart woman using honey as a natural sweetener. How wonderful to have the recipe in the family.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Claudia,
This is a great recipe, I love those that are handed down from generations past. You are paying it forward for your family now.

Have a great weekend!
CCR
=:~)

valerioscialla said...

Incredible!! i have done a cakes with apple yesterday. Your grandma is very great women and a beautiful cook.
Good recipe
Bye

My Little Space said...

Claudia, I think your grandma's one looks bigger! haha... I bet yours one as luscious. Have a happy weekend.
Cheers, Kristy

Emily Malloy said...

This has to be one of my favorite things that you've made.

Claudia, I love the flavors and love that it was your grandmother's.

How touching.

Claudia said...

This is the sweetest torte! My grandmother also loved cooking with honey - I imagine it is what she was used to in Italy. The aroma in your kitchen must have been grand!

Drick said...

the cake part alone sounds delicious and then the apple topping, your Grandmother knew a good thing didn't she...

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Reeni said...

Grandma's recipes are just the best! This is a lovely apple cake!

redkathy said...

Hi Claudia, This is one fabulous apple dessert. Wish I had all of my grandmas recipes. Wish we lived closer, I would love a slice of this right about now!

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alison said...

i love this recipe ,it's great!

Tania said...

Surface is wonderful, I copy and paste the recipe, I hope to try it soon, thanks for sharing!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

I too loved my grandmas recipes. This apple torte looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!!!

Frank said...

Looks delicious--perfect with some coffee for breakfast, perhaps? Yum. :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looks good

Diana's Cocina said...

What a lovely torte. I'm sure grandma was an incredible woman, and I bet the house smelled heavenly while the aplle honey torte was baking.

JillyAn said...

Beautiful Claudia! Your grandma must have been a lot like mine...could take anything and turn it into something fabulous. This is lovely.

Magic of Spice said...

Well I can clearly see where your talent stems form...
What a delightful Torte, and I love that this is not overly sweet...Gorgeous :)

Foodessa said...

I love using honey in cakes too...and yet, not once did I put it into an apple cake.
Love your Nonna's photo...she looks perfect ;o)

Thanks for sharing this very comforting cake.

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

briarrose said...

Looks delicious. I love to use honey in my baking as well. ;)