Dec 1, 2008

Apple Torte With Pine Nuts and Raisins

Apple Torte With Pine Nuts and RaisinsThis cake may be a little camera shy, or perhaps not so photogenic, but apples, vanilla, and lemon, in fresh baked buttery sponge cake, along with pine nuts, and raisins, fill the kitchen with the aroma capable of taking you straight to Tuscany, where this cake originates from.

Apple Torte With Pine Nuts and Raisins
Torta di Mele con Pinoli e Uvetta

2 large Golden Delicious apples
Juice of ½ lemon
3 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar, plus some for dusting
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
¼ cup pine nuts

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly butter spring form pan (10 inch), dust with flour, and tap out the excess.Peel, halve, and core apples; slice them thinly, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Set aside.

Whisk together eggs, and sugar, until creamy. Then add milk, butter, vanilla extract. In a separate bowl sift flour, add salt, baking powder, and lemon zest, and combine. Add the egg and butter mixture to the flour, using a wooden spoon, and incorporate well. Drain the raisins, and add them to the batter, along with pine nuts.

Pour the batter into the pan, and arrange apple slices on the top in concentric circles. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, for about 45 min. Transfer to wire rack, and cool completely before removing pan sides, and serving. Dust with sugar, and serve cut into wedges.

Recipe adapted from a Williams-Sonoma book “Savoring Tuscany”, by Lori de Mori
You might also like to indulge into this Tuscan favorite.


Sweet Treats by Dani said...

looks delicious!!!!

Shelby said...


Monika said...

izgleda odlično...sastojci obećavaju eksploziju okusa :)

redmenace said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Marija said...

I usually don't like apples, but a few weeks ago, I made a similar pie for Sale & Pepe. That's why I'm sure I'd love this one ;)

Вера said...

Ovu fantaziju moram isprobati!!!

Olga said...

That looks really pretty! I would not have thought of using pine nuts: intriguing.

Dragana said...

Krempita je bila savrsena! Hvala vam na uputstvu. Veliki pleh je otisao za cas!

Melita said...

Thank you all!

Dragana- bas mi je drago da je krempita uspjela; sad pravi cesce! :)

Eileen said...

This sounds heavenly.

Cherie said...

This looks delicious. I used to have a Williams-Sonoma cookbook a while ago, but I wasn't pleased with the accuracy of the recipes. Have you had a bad experience with their recipes?

Melita said...

Hi cherie! Actually this is the first time I try one of the recipes from the Williams-Sonoma book, and this one was a success; at least I believe so.

It was a fairly easy recipe tough, and it baked good, and it tastes delicious. I might just use different apples next time, but that's just personal choice.
We'll se about other recipes... :)

Serena@TentarNonNuoce said...

fantastic!!!!! too beautiful and...must be delicious too! i'll try it! (when i get back home :-) )

Nic said...

Perfect dish for this time of year, very nice indeed!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful looking pie! I love your pictures a lot. They get better and better. I am jealous:)