Thursday, December 1, 2011

Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

Recently I posted what I refer to as my "indulge me" questions on my facebook page.  The question was, "If you could have only one dessert the rest of your life what would it be?"  Me?  I am going down with a fruit crumble of sorts and this cake is close enough to my heaven.  A friend responded warm arroz con leche (rice with milk a/k/a rice pudding).  I thought, "Wow, I am not the only one that goes nuts over a good rice pudding."  That would be my second choice.  I know you are thinking she is going down for "what?"  "Fruit crumble and rice pudding?"  Sure am.

This cake served up warm with vanilla ice cream is melt in your mouth delicious.


You can tell that we did not cut the cake into dainty slices but tore into it like people who wanted to eat cake.


Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake
Serves 6-8
Recipe from Ina Garten

Ingredients:
12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1-1/18 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.  With the mixer on medium, add 1-cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined.  On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate.  Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely.  Combine the remaining batter over the fruit, covering it completely.  Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter.  Bake for 55 minutes to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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33 comments:

Claudia said...

You know I cannot resist easy. Cannot. Cannot. Or fruit. Or that luscious looking pie.

Gloria said...

wow look wonderful!!! gloria

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Ah, yes - tearing into it "like people who want to eat cake" :)

If I could have only one dessert the rest of my life, it might have to be chocolate. Funny thing is, for a long time I was only so-so about chocolate - but I've come to really love it since I've discovered the pleasures of really good chocolate in recent years. And if it weren't for chocolate, I might have to choose fresh fruit tarts. I had one made with pears recently that made me swoon. In any case, I am glad I do not have to make this choice :)

Hope you had a fabulous holiday with loved ones, Velva!

Rebecca said...

Good grief. I am drooling!

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

I love cranberry and looks so tempting makes want to grab a fork right now :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

This is my kind of dessert and even more of my husband's kind!! He LOVES fruit desserts and cranberry is his favorite. Thank you for one to add to our list. blessings ~ tanna

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Stunning !! so juicy...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I am making this cake this weekend. I still have the most gorgeous cranberries from the bog up the street. I have all of Ina's cookbooks and I don't know how I miss this cake.

That Girl said...

Fabulous use for cranberries

kitchen flavours said...

Looks so good! Wish I could tore some too right out of the screen! Yum!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Wow, look at those sweet juices oozing out from the inside of the cake. Just gorgeous and it looks so delicious- I am drooling as we speak!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Interesting question. For me, it would have have to be chocolate with a lemon dessert being the runner-up but I'm glad I don't have to choose and love keeping the variety coming. This looks delicious and perfect for scooping out by the spoons full!

tasteofbeirut said...

If I can find fresh cranberries in Beirut I am making this with the apples from our orchard; so so good, my kind of cake!

Sue/the view from great island said...

This looks so delicious, what could be better than the color of cooked cranberries! My forever dessert would be fresh peach shortcake ;)

Angie's Recipes said...

My mouth waters ...this looks so delicious!That's a difficult question to answer..something with nuts and caramel, maybe.

Pushpa said...

Gorgeous and delicious cake.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Happy Thanksgiving (belatedly), my friend. This cake looks stunning. Warm especially, with some whipped cream and ice cream too. Stay well and lots of love.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Accomplishment unlocked: Saw a recipe and actually had every single item needed in the house.

Lea Ann said...

I think my choice would be Creme Brulee. I'll take a slice of that cake with some whipped cream on top. :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I had a recipe like this a number of years ago - relatively easy to make, but combined with vanilla ice cream, it was really heavenly.

Barbara said...

How divine is that? I'd be at it with a soup spoon! But I'd have to have vanilla ice cream on top!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I look this cake/pie - and yours looks fantastic - I suppose any fruit combo might work?
Mary x

Hungry Dog said...

I've seen Ina make this a couple of times and each time I thought to myself, I have to try this. Thanks for the reminder!

Raina said...

If I could have only one dessert, I would probably say chocolate cake, but your cake looks incredibly delicious; so after eating it, I might say that:)

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's the way I like to eat things too!

teresa said...

i just love that bright red color, this looks wonderful!

Chris said...

I'm not usually a big cranberry fan but this sounds actually delicious!

Rambling Tart said...

What a lovely, homey and delicious cake, Velva. :-) I'd love a warm slice of this with hot tea. :-)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

this looks so good I want mine with custard please

Couscous & Consciousness said...

If I could only have one dessert for the rest of my life it would definitely be ice cream - any flavour, summer or winter, love the stuff. That said, I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at this cake - it looks wonderful, and I'm guessing it would be great with a scoop of ice cream too :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today - it's nice to meet you, and I hope you join in with Cookbook Sundays some time.

Sue :-)

Nisrine said...

Gorgeous cranberry-apple cake, Velva. So moist and delicious.

P.S. For the cooking club you told me about, I suggest a tagine. Any kind. It'll be delightful during cold weather. If you wish, you can share your upcoming Moroccan recipes on my blog's community page. I would love to feature them.

Magic of Spice said...

This looks like a very scrumptious cake...love the combination :)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I have made this recipe and we loved it! If you like cranberries this is a perfect holiday treat. Ina's recipes never disappoint.

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