Apple Torte with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Apple Torte with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Apple Torte with Pine Nuts and Raisins is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 Serves 8.
This Tuscan cake makes the house smell so divine while it bakes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Golden Delicious apples
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and
      cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for 30
      minutes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a 10-inch springform pan, then dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

Peel the apples, halve and core them, and then slice thinly. Place in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and the 1 1/2 cups sugar until creamy. Stir in the butter, milk and vanilla. Sift the flour into a separate bowl and stir in the baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Using a wooden spoon, gradually incorporate the egg mixture. Drain the raisins and add to the batter along with the pine nuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices in concentric circles over the surface.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely, then release the pan sides and slide the cake onto a serving plate. Dust the top of the cake with sugar. Cut into wedges to serve.

Serves 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Savoring Series, Savoring Tuscany, by Lori De Mori (Time-Life Books, 2001).
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favorite Apple Dessert Absolutely delicious dessert. The flavor is so yummy and rich and it was extremely easy to make. My husband really liked this one and called it a "keepie". I used blueberries instead of raisins and just layered them in with the apple slices. Good result. One word of caution, though, my springform did leak some during the baking, but it may have been *my* springform as it's getting old. I do have a new leak-proof one that I will use next time. Even with some of the batter leaking out, it was still divine.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and delicious! Wonderfully easy and so yummy-I didn't have pine nuts so there were no nuts but it was still really delicious. Sinfully sticky edges, tender moist cake and tart apples on top. I used powdered sugar sprinkle on top and a little whipped cream. Definately will make again-possibly today for a friend! The house did smell great-good for weeknight dessert or lovely for guests.
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful! This torte is perfect and incredibly delicious! The apples easily sunk down around the edges for me and it was difficult to achieve the perfect look for the top. I substituted dried currants for the raisins and it was delicious. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-07
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