Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Torte

I would assume a torte is a cake. A cake that may be made with little or no flour. After removing my torte from its baking pan, I don't think it looks like a cake at all... It seems to be more like a warm apple dessert to me and I think most of The Home Bakers members felt the same too.

Before this bake, I was excited baking this recipe. First of all, there is no butter in this cake! - HURRAY! Secondly, there is lots of apples in this cake! - Double HURRAY! Thirdly, plus walnuts and cranberries! - Triple HURRAY! Then, when everything seems so perfect for this bake, the cake fell apart when I removed it from its baking pan... Ops! Maybe no much "HURRAY" now...

This cinnamon apple walnut torte is the ninth The Home Bakers bake.THB is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe has been baked from this book.

Apart from the disappointment that I had seeing the cake is actually not a cake, this apple torte is actually very delicious to eat. The recipe suggests serving this with Greek yogurt, ice cream or whipped cream and I think it is as good and comforting to eat as it is. With a slightly crunchy sponge top, this lighter version of torte is very delicious and also a less guilty dessert to enjoy.
 
Eating my apple torte in a bowl...
I'm using an Aussie Granny Smith to bake this torte...
Making the batter and assembling the torte
Before and after baking...
A very lovely and warm dessert to enjoy

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Jasline's blog, Food Is My Life for the detailed recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake:

My ingredients list (which is 1/2 amount of the original recipe):

1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
18g cake flour
a pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
60g roughly chopped walnuts
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tbsp caster sugar

Using this amount of ingredients of the above recipe, I have baked my torte in a 15 cm skillet pan at 160°C fan forced for 20 min.

Modifications that I have made from the original:

  • I have reduced the amount of brown sugar from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup.
  • I have replaced all-purpose flour with cake flour.
  • I have used only 1 large Granny Smith apple for my bake. Instead of dicing it, I cut it into thin slices. Instead of mixing in the apples into the batter, I spread half of my batter into the prepared pan, arranged the apple slices like a pinwheel and then pour the rest of the batter on top of the apples.

Before I end this post, I have something very cool and retro to show...

Check out my very retro cake whisk

I found and bought this retro whisk in an Op shop. I like this whisk so much that I even bought a matching Chasseur bowl to compliment it. Call me a "chicken" because I wasn't brave enough to use this to whisk the eggs and sugar in this bake but I hope to use this in my future THB bakes that require only light whisking.

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Happy Baking

49 comments:

  1. Snap...I've just made an apple and cinnamon bake too...it's the perfect combination. I love the addition of walnuts too...along with your retro whisk! :-)

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  2. delicious cinnamon torte,combo of apple walnut torte nobody can beat.

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  3. 1st time come across this warm apple dessert, looks interesting :)
    The retro cake whisk looks cute. I doubt it can be found here, haha...

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  4. I remember when those retro cake mixers were actually high tech! Seriously - in the 50s, if you couldn't afford an electric mixer (and many couldn't), they were considered a real labor saving device. Anyway, good recipe. I agree its final form isn't how I imagine a torte, either, but I'll bet it was good!

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  5. Perfect combination of walnuts, apples and cinnamon. I'd love a bowlful, it looks so good :)

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  6. Ohhh this torte looks great :) and I love your photos and step by step hehe ~ I can't wait to try this recipe but i need to get a big enough pan that is oven proof safe first hehe

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  7. I'm so glad you got over the disappointment of the look! - I think it looks wonderful!! and sounds sensationally yummy :))
    Mary x

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  8. I do like your retro whisk... very cool!

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  9. I like your whisk, very nice! Mine basically fell apart too when I tried to slice it, but it was quite delicious... I better go finish up my post...

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  10. This looks exactly like what you would want on a cold and fuzzy day with a cup of coffee !! Beautiful pics!!

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  11. I was reading and thought "Oh no! Another disappointment?" and was relieved that it turned out well for you! This is really yum, especially when served with frozen yoghurt or even ice cream! And your retro whisk is cool, love that bowl! More kitchen toys to play with! Haha!

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    1. No worries, Joyce! I hope I didn't scare you too much. I hope that I didn't seem too negative to you. I'm sorry if I have been so fussy with recipes and picky with details :D

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    2. Hi Zoe,
      Oops..it was just a spontaneous reaction when I read your initial disappointment! Glad that it turned out fine! So, no worries, pal!

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    3. zoe, i think joyce must be sweating reading your posts! haha! me too was not able to cut them out from my baking dish and ate it in the bowl like you did! yes, overall it was quite delicious! so is that whisk for you or more for your son? LOL! so cute!

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  12. I also bought a similar vintage whisk from an op shop in aussie and I tried using it some time back when i didn't have a mixer. it definitely beats using just a whisk to whisk cream till fluffy but for whisking egg whites to stiff peak, my biceps were aching after using it!

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  13. This looks so delicious & seems it is easier to prepare....Thanks a lot for visiting my blog.I think I have found a right place to learn baking....
    Hopr to kepp in touch with your blog....

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  14. Great apple cake!!!
    Sounds yummy!!

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  15. One of the most interesting and yummiest applie pie (or torte) recipes! I should put it on the neverending list.. :D

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  16. Zoe, another nutty recipe. I just checked out Lena's blogs, she also baked something with nuts. Nuts are good for health.

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  17. I dont mind having a slice from this torte, looks yummy and seriously irresistible.

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  18. Oh my word that looks amazing. With apples coming into season properly here this looks like a wonderful thing to make and eat! Wow! Just wow!

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  19. I like the way you write and present your recipes. Very clear and easy to follow. This cake is mouthwatering.

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  20. Retro cake whisk absolute classic! I'd like to get my hand on one. The Torte looks divine, I'd for sure have it with big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, yum.

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  21. I loooooveeee cooked apples, I mean LOVE! And this treat looks perfect!

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  22. It looks delicious and sounds really nice warm with ice cream. Something my kiddies will love : )

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  23. Thanks for your super sweet comment Zoe :) My kids eat more garlic bread than I do. I actually hold off as I feel like there are enough carbs in the pasta, but I know most families are looking for ways to stretch a dinner into 2 nights and garlic bread or any sort of carb like popovers help to do that.

    I'm sorry your tort fell apart. I find that most pie-like desserts fall apart when trying to get a nice pretty slice out. I think it's the nature of all that gooey fruit.

    I love your new kitchen gadget. So cute and I bet it will work amazingly!

    xoxo,
    Jackie

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  24. oh gosh, i'd love some of this with my coffee right now! looks delicious!

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  25. I would have thought torte = cake also!

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  26. NO one will say *NO* to this yummy torte..You baked it perfectly..

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  27. I personally LOVE the slices of apples of your torte ( I've added slice apples too) ! Yours looks good to me & I was really glad that it's butter & oil free cake for once! I'm still dieting & targeting for the slim Mariah Carey figure! LOL

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  28. Hi Zoe! Your cake looks delicious! I had contemplated arranging the apples like yours in a huge pie dish but was too lazy to do so, haha. I think this cake didn't meet a lot of our expectations, but it's still a delicious cake nonetheless! Have a great day ahead!

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  29. I just pop over from Lena's post & learn what is torte. It looks great with walnuts!

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  30. Hi Zoe, your cinnamon apple torte look so delicious and addictive. I love apple with cinnamon combination, it sure taste good.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  31. Looks lovely Zoe, I love the whole apple slices inside! Hugs and Kisses my friend, have a nice weekend!

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  32. I love all the ingredients in this torte, I wouldn't mind a single bit if it didn't turn out looking like what it should, just hand me a bowl please :)~

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  33. Absolutely love your new toy! M making this torte tomorrow. and no you didnt scare me off :D. Infact with all your description of crunchy topping and spicy apples m really looking forward to making this :D.

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  34. I love desserts that is full of fruits and nuts..I will love this.

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  35. It may fall apart but it tasted good. Your retro whisk looks cool!

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  36. Love the torte, although it may not have turned out as it should, the torte is low fat, which is fantastic. NIce pics too x

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  37. This torte looks delicious my friend, so warming and definiteloy tasty :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  38. This fruit and nut combo sounds delish ! It still look scrumptious eventhough it doesn't look like a torte :D I'll have mine with a scoop of ice cream on top ! lol

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  39. Dear Zoe, your apple torte looks beautiful and sounds delicious. Fall baking is a wonderful time of year. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  40. Ooo yum! Your torte is beautiful! I've never made a torte before, looks like such a perfect way to use up all of fall's apples (my fridge is overflowing...!), sounds so delicious!

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  41. Hi Zoe,
    Your bake looks fantastic as always. I was so with you when I read there was no butter involved, this reminds me more of an apple crumble. I have yet to bake this but look forward to it :)
    I love you retro whisk, I can't wait to see it make more of an appearance in your future bakes.

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  42. Hi Zoe,
    Apples with cinnamon and walnut sound so good.
    I would like to have this with custard cream.
    Your retro whisk and the bowl is so cool. I bet you can whisk eggs with that!!
    mui..^^

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  43. Hi Zoe! I agree with you! Apples, cinnamon, walnuts are the perfect combination but it was very difficult to keep it all together!

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