Friday, 5 October 2012

Apple "Cake" Tatin

Good old British Cox apples are now in season. I love the sweet but slightly tangy flavour of Cox apples. They are great just as they are and fantastic for cooking. So, to celebrate British Cox,
I wanted to bake "Tart Tatin"...'s not a tart, it's a cake. So, it's upside-down apple caramel cake. :) Enjoy the fresh flavour of apple and sticky caramel.

  • 4 oz plain flour 
  • 4 oz soft brown sugar 
  • 4 oz low-fat margarine  
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Vanila extract 
  • 2 apples sliced
  • Caramel: 85g Caster sugar + 1 tablespoon water  


Making Caramel sauce 

  •  Warm the pan gently over a medium heat for a few moments then place white caster sugar in the pan, still over a medium heat. Leave the sugar and keep an eye on it, until it begins to melt. After about 5 minutes the sugar will start to melt and turn liquid around the edges.  Do not stir!
  •  Give the pan a good shake and leave it again until about a quarter of the sugar has melted. Using a wooden spoon, give it a gentle stir and continue to cook until the sugar has transformed from crystals to liquid and is the colour of dark runny honey – a dark amber colour.
  •  Take the pan off the heat and add 1 tablespoon of tap-hot water – the caramel will splutter and steam so protect your hands with a cloth and take care. Stir well – you may need to return the pan to a gentle heat to re-melt any lumps of caramel that have formed. The caramel is now ready to use.

  1. Preheat oven to 170 °C.  Place greaseproof paper in the cake tin.
  2. Put all the ingredients, apart from apples and sugar for caramel, in a bowl and mix with the electric whisk.
  3. Make caramel sauce ( see above for the method)  
  4. Pour the caramel sauce into the cake tin.
  5. Place the sliced apples and then pour the cake mixture on top.
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes. When the cake cools down turn the cake tin upside down and gently peel away the greaseproof paper.

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