Wednesday, December 2, 2015

cranberry apple mosaic cake

Rhode Island Greening

This is a rare post for Comptonia: a recipe.

Do you already have a favorite recipe for a simple cake with cranberries? If so, I'd love to hear it - put a link in the comments, please! If not, maybe you'd like to try this one. I don't think it belongs to anyone in particular, and I'm not sure how much tinkering I've done with it by now. Some, for sure.

But I've now made this cake three times in two weeks, the exact same way each time. Including once at 4AM, when I was tired of trying to sleep. A cake that I can put together after a sleepless night is a pretty good recipe to jot down, I think.

1/2 cup (1/4 pound) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs (or two huge eggs)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz (2 cups) whole cranberries
½ large or 1 small apple
optional: 2-3 TBS white sugar plus 1/2 tsp

butter and flour bottom and sides of 9” springform pan
(or use parchment paper)

preheat oven to 350F

cream together:

1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar

Blending after each addition, add:

3 eggs (or two huge eggs)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

2 c (8 oz.) whole cranberries
optional: 2 or 3 TBS white sugar, if the cranberry:batter ratio is worrying.

The batter will be very stiff. Coax gently into pan.

Thinly slice and peel apple. (Genuine food prep tip: I always slice apples first, then peel each slice with a single pass of the knife. Quick, efficient, easy.)

Break apple slices into pieces and lightly press into top for mosaic.

Bake at 350F for 55 minutes. During first 10 minutes, go outside and distribute apple peelings and core to goats. Be rigorously fair, even though some will believe their neighbor got more.

Remove pan from oven, place on cooling rack. Sprinkle ½ tsp white sugar on top (optional), remove side of pan. Cool at least somewhat before slicing.

If you try this cake, please let me know how you like it!