Thursday, November 10, 2011

Brown Butter Apple Cake Recipe


                         A delicious rich apple butter taste topping on a cake with a cinnamon
                             



1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter browned butter (see below)
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
4 peeled, halves and cored apples (I like mcintosh or cortland)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-inch round springform pan with 2 tablespoons butter. Slice the apples into 4 halves then slices (8 slices per apple.) Toss apple wedges in 1/3 cup brown sugar, and  1 tablespoon lemon juice in a large mixing bowl,  set aside while you make batter.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, lemon zest and cinnamon in a mixing bowl, mixing to combine. In a separate bowl, combine brown butter, applesauce, and sugar, mix evenly. Add eggs one at a time, blending together. Add dry ingredients the wet, alternating with buttermilk, stir in vanilla.
Arrange apple slices in a single layer in prepared pan. Pour any juices left over apples.
 Spoon batter over apples, smooth top, and bake until cake edges are browned and pulling away from edges of pan and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack 1 1/2  hours. Run a knife around edges of cake and unmold onto a serving platter. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Brown Butter ... Start by melting butter over medium heat. Use a light colored bottom pan so you can see the color of the butter while it turns. Swirl pan to be sure the butter is browning evenly. As the butter melts, it will foam. The color will progress from yellow to tan nad then a brown. Once you smell a nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and transfer  the browned butter into a heat proof bowl to cool. Tranfer the butter to a new container and leave as much of the sediment in the pan as possible.  Store in the refrigerator if you are making this ahead of time. 

+claudia lamascolo Author

37 comments:

Tina said...

Brown butter lends such wonderful flavor to baked goods. This apple dessert does look like it has a good balance of cake to apples. Another tasty one Claudia-yum!

Drick said...

so glad you made this one, for me I hope... just to my liking too...

Curt said...

I love cooked apples with cinnamon. I've never browned butter before.

Belinda @zomppa said...

All you have to say is brown butter!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

What a delicious recipe! Perfect for this time of year! I always like to have other desserts other than pie on the Thanksgiving dessert buffet, and this looks like a great addition!

Aarthi said...

yummy yummy..Delicious..Thanks for the recipe dear

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Mary said...

This really is a glorious creation. It's perfectly seasonal and looks delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Free Spirit Eater said...

This looks absolutely delish Claudia I love it! Wow, beautiful presentation too. =]

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

This sounds amazing! I have a few bags of apples from our apple picking adventure and I really need to pick up the apple desserts! Thanks for sharing :)

Trix said...

Brown butter makes everything better!!

Dzoli said...

This looks amazing.Apple galore;)

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

You know Claudia this apple cake is one of my favs, I can eat all it the time .....and need to workout thereafter :)

Cheers,

Gera

Vicki Bensinger said...

I have just one question - how can you make so many luscious desserts day after day and stay so thin.

Leticia's Cook Book said...

Thank you Claudia for visiting my blog and for such sweet comment! Your blog really is one of my favourites and I have to give credit where credit is due!
This one looks fantantis too. I love the idea of the brown butter. Oughtta try it out soon! Thanks for the great recipes!
Have a good night!

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, I would love a piece of this delicious looking apple cake with ice-cream. That would be so nice. Blessings my dear friend, Catherine xo

healthyfoodietravels said...

Mmmm, this cake looks so decadently moist! I might that to break into your kitchen and steal some! ;)

Claudia said...

You may have sent me to an extra aerobics class. I love all apple cakes but then you brown the butter and there is bliss.

Ann said...

Oh, my! That's just lovely!

Claudia said...

Ciao! grazie del commento nel mio blog. Mi fa piacere che i miei fiori di zucca ti abbiano rievocato ricordi felici della tua infanzia!!! Ottima la tua pizza invece, con il nostro pecorino romano!!!!! Torna a trovarmi! :-D buon fine settimana

Sandra said...

This cake looks hard to resist and thanks for the info on how to brown butter.

Suzi said...

This looks really delicious and a great addition for a Thanksgiving dessert too. Lovely photo.

Lacy said...

Yum! This cake looks amazing and I love the brown butter addition. I bet it makes the cake extra delicious!

janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Beautiful cake! I have GOT to join the browned butter craze! And this may be the place to start given my love for apples :-)

Veronica Gantley said...

Your apple cake looks so inviting. I sure could go for a slice of this with a cup of coffee right now. Thanks for sharing

nerdybaker said...

Brown butter AND buttermilk! What is not to love? Looks yummy.

Mac said...

Mcintosh apples,cinnamon and ginger I'm having some of this on Sunday without doubt nice pudd thanks.

Cucina49 said...

My immediate reaction to that picture was "OMG!" I love apple cakes, and your cake looks so much like my beloved pineapple-upside down cake. Have to try it!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This cake looks so pretty and delicious, Claudia! I love apple cake!

April said...

brown butter sounds like such a great idea to mix with this cake. Looks amazing!

Baker Street said...

Absolutely delish! Brown butter compliments baked goods so well.

Magic of Spice said...

I just adore brown butter...this cake looks amazing and I am sure tastes just as delightful :)
Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to a wonderful weekend...hugs

Christina of Form V Artisan said...

Incredible. Love brown butter with apples. You're lovely!

Kristy said...

Just put the cake in the oven - had to guess that 1/2 cup sugar was required since it's listed in the recipe, but not in the ingredients! If the cake turns out as delicious as the batter, then I have no doubt it will become a family favorite : )

Pegasuslegend said...

Wow Kristy thank you never saw that was missing and you are right it's a half cup... But the brown sugar and lemon juice was also missing added that too... glad you seem to be the first to try this.. hope yours came out awesome too! We love this recipe! thanks for catching the mistake!

Kristy said...

You're welcome, and my 16 year old son said, "New birthday cake, Mom!" Tradition has had me baking Coca Cola cakes for each member of my family's birthdays (husband & six children!). There have been a few occasional requests for cheesecake over the past few years, but we'll see if the fabulous Brown Butter Apple Cake becomes a new tradition : )

Pegasuslegend said...

I am now going through all my recipes. Sometimes I post so late at night. I have missed the / before and looked like 12 cups instead of 1/2 cup. I didnt ever miss that many ingredients.. Thanks a bunch again, glad it came out well. I would have hated to see it be horrible lacking ingredients! Your a sweetheart...

Kristy said...

Quite alright ... I know the feeling! And thank you : )