Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry X'mas - Apple Torte with nuts, apricot & raisins

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X'mas this year has been very ordinary at the house. Yet also, it is our new born's first x'mas. Though most day was spent as a dull weekend lazing around and watching some movies, we finally ventured out in the evening for a ride. In the night I decided to bake myself some X'mas treat. Actually had been planning for a long time ( 3-4 days) but nothing was coming to my mind. Had scanned numerous books, sites and spoken to a dozen people who prided in the their baking. All of sudden, while surfing on Epicurious, I stumbled on this particular recipe for a Apple walnut torte. Decided there and then to make it however, with some variations. I have to admit, Epicurious is my favorite for baking recipes apart from joyofbaking. The recipe collection is huge and has some interesting things to try out.
Before I list what I made ....a Merry X'mas to each one of you. It may be coming a day late but hey! a wish is a wish.

Ingredients :
200 gm unsalted butter, softened up
2 cups sugar
3 Apples preferebly granny smith, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored
1 cup refined flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
10 gm Raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 teaspoon walnut, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoon almonds, coarsely chopped
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 Dried Apricots, finely chopped
5 gm Cherries, candied, chopped coarsely
15 ml Whisky


1. Melt 50 gms of butter in a saucepan and sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar evenly over butter. Put the apples slices and cook over medium heat, turning apples occasionally, until sugar is caramelized and apples are tender and golden brown.

2. Butter a round baking dish and flout it. Arrange apples, cut sides down, in concentric circles in bottom of the round baking dish, then pour over any caramel from the pan.

3. Seive together flour, baking powder and cinnamon.

4. Cream the remaining butter in a bowl until creamy. Add sugar and beat to combine. Add egg and beat well.

5. Add in the almonds, walnuts, cherries, apricots and whisky. Mix in flour mixture until just combined (batter will be thick).

6. Pour batter over apples in the round baking dish and spread evenly. Bake at 250 deg F for 30 minutes.

7. Invert the baked torte on a cooling rack and turn it over so that the apples that were at the bottom are now on the top. Cool torte on a rack 30 minutes.

8. Cut into slices and serve.

Accompaniment : Vanilla Ice-Cream & apple sauce.


Sorina said...

That looks fantastic. Awesome! I'm going to have to try this!

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