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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Marie-Helene's Apple Cake #French Fridays with Dorie

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marie-helene's apple cake: simple living and eating



The rest of the Dorista's made a wonderful apple rice pudding that you really should check out. My family and myself included are not big fans of rice pudding, even rice pudding covered in apples and carmel, so instead I made a French Friday recipe that was baked before I joined the group.



marie-helene's apple cake: simple living and eating


This apple cake is tremedous. I love apples, but unlike the rest of my family I find pies to be too sweet. Too much fruit,.. even smothered with ice cream or whipped cream. A few bites and I'm done.

This cake... was very different. Not overly sweet, the butter flavor balanced the apples well and the splash of dark rum gave it a depth of flavor that made it extra special.


apple cake batter: simple living and eating


The recipe is simple enough that I was actually going to make it myself, but my baker daughter was bored so she took on the task.


girl baking cake: simple living and eating

A must recipe to make this apple season:


click here for the recipe for: 
Marie-Helene's Apple Cake


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Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


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53 comments:

  1. The cake looks SUPER !! And I can almost smell it..
    I'm craving a slice at the moment.....

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    1. I wish I could bring you over a piece. How are apples in your part of the world?

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  2. That looks sooo good!! I'm pretty sure I could eat the entire cake!! :)

    Marti
    http://sewlicioushomedecor.com

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    1. I definitely can... fortunately 3 kids were around.

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  3. Oh, yeah, we loved this one. Would have been a bigger hit than rice pudding around here :)

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    1. Sorry to hear rice pudding isn't the thing for you guys either. I really love this cake. I plan on making it a few times this Fall.

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  4. This cake was a good one - glad you got to catch it up.

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    1. Thanks we really loved this cake... now what to do with a bottle of dark rum?

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  5. Sometimes I also really don't think the recipe can taste very well. A few times I made it against all odds an d it can suprise me in a good way. But sometimes I'm just so right from the start and I don't like it at all. You're cake looks delicious so it's a nice replacement for the rice pudding.

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    1. Thanks so much... I'm not much of a baker so I find all cakes tricky to make.

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  6. That's one of my favorites! I'm inspired to make it again now that apple season is here. :)

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  7. One of my favorites, too! I've made it several times. You've prompted me to want to make it again!

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    1. So glad... such a great recipe to be reminded about.

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  8. I made this too!!! It was easy wasn't it ;)
    From your photos, it seems that your cake had more "crumb" than mine which was very clafoutis-like in texture. We enjoyed the taste but not so much the texture.

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    1. Interesting... I always put my oven 25 degrees higher than Dorie's... maybe that was the difference.

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  9. Wow the cake looks delicious. I know what my next baking project is going to be. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Thanks Geraldine... I have to agree. It had the best texture, the right amount of sweetness and the rum flavor gave it such a wonderful depth. Great Dorie recipe.

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  10. Nice work Diane and daughter i have 3 big bags of apples waiting to get devoured.Going to try this one out thank you and your daughter for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome Kenneth. You will not be disappointed with this cake delicious and you get an excuse to buy a bottle of dark rum.

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  11. Diane, that was one of my favorites! Good choice and how nice your baking daughter wanted to do the cooking!

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    1. Yes, because it would not have come out as well if I baked it. LOL.

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  12. I agree with everyone, that was a great recipe. Now is the perfect time to give it another try. That photo
    is so mouth watering, I could use a slice now. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Nana, I am really glad I made this recipe. I need to go back and find other good ones that I missed.

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  13. I love this cake. It has become a regular on my Thanksgiving menu.

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  14. I forgot about this cake, but I now remember, it was a good one. Good choice to go along with the French Friday apple theme. I do hope we meet some time in the not too distant future. The warmth and genuine instant friendship of the inaugural Dorista meetup was so unexpected. I'm still smiling a week later. We missed all of you who couldn't join this time.

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy... hopefully there will be another Dorie get together. It is still amazing that 14 Dorista's got together in one place.

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  15. Two of you made this apple cake this week - a perfect time of the year for it. I haven't made it yet either so maybe I should add it to one of our recipe choices this coming month. Several Doristas have commented that it is one of their favorites. And, rum? Cannot be bad. You would have enjoyed Seattle and meeting all the other Doristas, Diane. Betsy and I decided it was the perfect storm. Everything clicked. We already are talking about an East Coast/NYC adventure. It would be a real treat to meet you for real!

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    1. How exciting? Count me in and I'll be the touring host of NYC. You'll love this cake Mary, it has a hominess to it but the rum makes it a little exciting. Wish I could make it out your way, but that is tough to do with a traveling spouse and two kids in school.

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  16. Lovely cake. I think I missed that one too. I'll have to go back to that one.

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    1. Oh I hope you get a chance to try it. Really simple to make but a wonderful flavor, nice change from pie.

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  17. I love this cake and have made it several times. (I think this may have been the first FFwD recipe I participated in as well).

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    1. I'm so glad I made this cake it seems to have a lot of good memories associated with it.

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  18. Diane this wonderful apple cake has become a staple at our house - our go-to apple cake recipe! My kids adore it because it is so moist and I love the fact that the recipe calls for four different kinds of apples to use in the batter! Your cake looks like the perfect cake to enjoy on a chilly afternoon!

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    1. Thank you Andrea... I see this cake becoming a staple in our house too. For me it's not too sweet and easy to make.

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  19. Love the shot of your daughter cooking - how sweet ! Yes, this was a great one and I have extra fond memories of it since it was Nana and my first recipe when we joined FFWD. As I recall, I did not manage to get that fabulous color that you did - so looks like I need to revisit this during our wonderful apple season. Glad the family enjoyed :)

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    1. How great I think it was Cher's first recipe too. My daughter did cook it 25 degrees hotter than Dorie which might have helped get it more golden.

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  20. I have so many apples on my counter, I should make this one too! :) You have inspired me! I hope you try the caramel apple part of the rice pudding recipe, it was AMAZING!! (even if mine didnt turn out quite right...)

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    1. I was impressed by the pictures of the carmelized apples. If my husband makes some ice cream soon I will use it as a topping.

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  21. What a gorgeous autumn cake! I've pinned the recipe and hope to make it soon. I like the addition of the rum, and the fact that the sweetness of the apples is allowed to shine through.

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    1. So glad your interested in this cake. I know you are like me and don't like desserts too sweet. This is a nice balance of apple, rum and butter.

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  22. Thanks for the reminder. I loved this one when we made it. I definitely need to make it again while apples are in season.

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    1. We just picked a huge bag this weekend. Already made Apple Crisp, now we need to make this cake again too.

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  23. This looks amazing...I can't wait to make it! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa,,, it is... it is really amazing. I'm making another one this week.

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  24. It look absolutely amazing...and your cook is precious. :))

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    1. Thanks so much. She is a very serious budding pastry chef.

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  25. Your daughter's Apple Cake looks delicious, she did a great job! I love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

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  26. Oh my! This cake looks delicious!! Thanks for linking up at Spooktacular Halloween Round Up! :)

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  27. Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a fun weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  28. I made this just days ago. Its one of my faves from the book. Add bourbon. :)

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