How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel the apples, cut in half, and remove the cores.
  • Heat the butter in a large sauté pan, then add the sugar, cinnamon, and apple halves.
  • Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes over medium-high heat, turning the apples often until they are tender crisp. Remove from the pan, and set aside to cool.
  • Slice the apples into ⅛-inch slices.
  • Sift together flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and salt in a bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and oil, then pour over the dry ingredients. Stir in the shredded apples and drained pineapple until well blended.
  • Butter a 9-inch cake pan or a 9-inch spring form pan, and coat the bottom and sides of the pan with the Sugar in the Raw.
  • Fan apple slices over bottom of pan and pour batter on top. Bake for about 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Place pan on rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  • If using a regular cake pan, use a knife to loosen the sides of the cake from the pan; if using a spring form pan, remove the sides. Then invert the cake onto a serving plate.
  • Make absolutely certain you've let the cake cool sufficiently before inverting it (and, if using a spring form pan, sliding off the pan bottom) -- otherwise, you may run into problems (those apple slices can be quite sticky).
  • For the sauce: Place the dark-brown sugar, salt, heavy cream, unsalted butter, and Calvados in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until the sauce is smooth.
  • Spread a bit of the sauce on a dessert plate, place a slice of the cake on top of the sauce, and top with a dollop of crème fraîche.

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    " It was excellent "
    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    ~HELLO~
    Fantastic "5"FORK!!!!!
    ~*~mjcmcook~*~
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  • leonora5 6 years ago
    This looks too yummy for words! I am comforted to hear that its not too difficult.
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  • dond 6 years ago
    No, really, it's actually a pretty simple recipe. The most time-consuming part is peeling, coring, cooking, and slicing the apples. Everything else is, essentially, mixing, pouring, and baking. I've made lots of cakes, tarts, and gateaus before, but the pic at the top of this page is my first attempt at making this particular recipe. So it couldn't be all that hard, right?
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  • jenniferbyrdez 6 years ago
    This sounds heavenly, but you'll have to invite me over. I would not even attempt this.
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  • kukla 6 years ago
    Sounds devine, Dond. Thank you :)
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Sounds yummy TY for post!
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  • rosemaryblue 6 years ago
    This truly is irresistible! Thanks for sharing.
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