Apple Cake with Pear Brandy-Caramel Sauce Recipe
Apple Cake with Pear Brandy-Caramel Sauce
Flavors of the USA
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes
Oven temperature: 180° C (350° F)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
- 625 ml (2 1/2 cups) cake flour
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 310 ml (1 1/4 cup) packed brown sugar
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) apple sauce
- 1 Granny Smith or Pink Lady apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts, toasted
Pear Brandy-Caramel Sauce
- 250 ml (1 cup) apple cider
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) water
- 250 ml (1 cup) sugar
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 185 ml (3/4 cup) heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. pear brandy or Calvados
- A pinch of salt
Making the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Grease a 12" bundt pan or a 14" tube pan.
  2. Sift the flour, cinnamon, soda, salt and cloves together into a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In a mixer bowl, on medium speed cream the brown sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating until creamy. On low speed, alternately blend in the dry ingredients and the applesauce. Stir in the chopped apple and nuts.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and tap it to settle the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a rack to cool.

Making the sauce

  1. While the cake is baking, prepare the sauce: In a small saucepan, cook the cider over medium heat until it reaches a syrup-like consistency and is reduced to 1/4 cup (60 ml). Set aside.
  2. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, swirling the pan gently, until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear; do not let the mixture boil. Increase heat to high, cover and boil the syrup without stirring for 2 minutes.
  3. Uncover the saucepan and continue to boil the syrup until it begins to darken around the edges. Gently swirl the pan until the syrup turns a deep amber and just begins to smoke.
  4. Remove from heat and with a wooden spoon carefully beat in the butter until well blended. Stir in the cream until smooth. If the sauce becomes lumpy, return the pan to the stove and cook over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the reduced apple cider, the pear brandy or Calvados, and salt.

To serve, cut the cake into slices and top with the warm caramel sauce.

In collaboration with the Washington Apple Commission and adapted from Wildwood: Cooking from the Source in the Pacific Northwest (Ten Speed Press, San Francisco 2000) by Cory Schreiber

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