This last Saturday we finally got a chance to go apple picking. Every year we pilgrimage to an apple orchard near by, sometimes several times during the apple picking season. Alas, not this year. Due to the constant rain and literally outflowing problems we were only able to take a trip to the Northhampton county for the first time this past Saturday, October 1! Despite the more than 50/50 certainty of rain, it was a nice overcast day bracketed between this never ending rain. So we took advantage to set off on a delicious adventure, Golden Delicious!
We climbed and jumped down, ran around and sampled fresh air and apples and brought home tons of crispy Gold Delicious, which are abundant this time, and some bumpy Red Delicious as well.
So it is obvious that I will be writing about apples this month, or rather about apple recipes…
And let me start with a dessert: thinly sliced baked apples resting on a vanilla cloud…
It is called Charlotte. No, I didn't give it its name. I have no idea why it's called this way, and I don't feel like doing any research, since I already know all I need: it is a quick and easy delicious dessert recipe!
By adding some cinnamon I adjusted a popular version a bit. The preparation is very quick and takes way less time than to type the recipe here…
~Charlotte~ An Apple Dessert
2 medium golden delicious (or any sweet variety) apples
some lemon juice
1 t spoon cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 t spoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 T spoon butter for preparing the spring pan
+some more flour for dusting
1 T spoon confectioner's sugar, if desired
- Peel, core and thinly (≈1/4˝) slice them. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples to prevent from browning and then sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter the spring form (or any other dark* cake pan) and dust with some flour. You might avoid it altogether if you're using non-stick baking spray, I don't use it and don't recommend, but if you're accustomed to it, go ahead…
- In a bowl, beat the eggs+vanilla until they foam, for about 3 minutes on high speed. Gradually add the sugar, continuing beating but now on a medium speed. After all the sugar is added, beat for another 2 minuted on a high speed.
- Turn the mixer off, sift the flour into the egg mixture. Slowly beat it together until all combined.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan, top with apples and bake for 30-35 minutes or until inserted into the center toothpick comes out clean. Cool.
- Dust with some confectioner's sugar if desired…
Enjoy this deliciously golden and easy dessert!
*The time is for a dark metal pan.