Recipe from my Grandmother, this is a simple 7 ingredient "cake", topped with fresh crisp apples, a dash of cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection! Works equally well as breakfast or dessert.
Dutch Apple Cake
Easy, Fresh, Not too sweet and Delicious!
Who else loooves apple season?
My entire family loves crisp Fall apples and aside from eating them, we love baking with them!
And one of the first seasonal things we usually bake is my Grandmother’s Dutch Apple Cake.
You might recognize this tart from the Dutch Peach Cake this Summer. It is the same great recipe from my Grandmother only with apples! She made it all the time switching up the fruit based on the season.
This simple “cake” is not too sweet, bursting with crisp Apples and equally loved as breakfast or dessert.
The beauty of this light “cake” is that the sweetness comes from the fruit, not the cake, so it really highlights seasonal fruit.
A note about the apples…
Any apple will work but Granny Smith apples or any kind of baking apple (Cortland’s were particularly good at my farmer’s market this week) will give a nice tart flavor in contrast to the crumble and will hold their form best. Other apples may lose their form and become more “mushy” when baking.
As I mentioned when I published the Dutch Peach Cake, we have struggled with the name “Dutch Peach/ Apple Cake” because while my Grandmother always called it a “Dutch Peach/ Apple Cake” but it’s not a cake in the traditional sense.
Let me explain…
It’s a simple 7 ingredient pastry crust (reminiscent of a shortbread crust) that’s low in sugar (only a few tablespoons!) and low in butter (only 1/3 cup) and so yummy. The pastry dough is gently pressed into the bottom and around the edges of a pie pan or even a rimmed baking sheet. Then the fruit is pressed into the dough. Topped with a dash of cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection!
And it’s not thick… you can see here, the cake part is thin and you are really tasting the apples!
Whatever you name it, you’ll call it a delicious and easy addition to your baking repertoire. There’s a reason it’s a longtime family favorite!
Let’s take a look at the details.
This is all you need — pantry staples and some apples!
The cake is made with 7 simple ingredients:
Gluten-Free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules – Affiliate link)
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Back to the Gluten-free Dutch Apple Cake…
The dough may be stiff. So you drop in into the pan and gently press if with your fingers into the pan and around the edges.
Then you press in the apples anyway you like. I tend to make circular designs but as you can see by all the different photos, they always look different!
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake!
Hope you love this easy and versatile cake as much as we do!
Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.
Recipe from my Grandmother, this is a simple 7 ingredient cake, topped with fresh crisp apples, a dash of cinnamon and sugar and baked to perfection. The beauty of this cake is that it isn't sweet and highlights the fruit of the season. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!
1½ cups gluten-free flour with xanthan gum (I use GF Jules - affiliate link)
1¾ teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons + 1½ teaspoons sugar
⅓ cup butter (or dairy free butter), room temperature, cut into pieces
⅓ cup milk
Cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling (we used a mix of 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, but didn't need it all)
3-5 apples, (depending on size), peeled and sliced into approximately ¼ inch slices
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and lightly grease a 9 or 10 inch pie pan or ½ sized rimmed baking sheet.
In a large bowl add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar) and combine with a fork or pastry cutter.
Add eggs & milk into the flour mixture and mix to combine. Add butter one piece at a time and mix to combine. Batter will be stiff.
NOTE: my grandmother who made this with regular flour (ie gluten) insisted that this dough must be mixed by hand or with a large spoon and that you do not want to over mix. The batter should be rather stiff and only pliable with your hands. I however do everything in a stand mixer and there is no gluten to over mix when baking with gluten-free flour. Feel free to make it either way.
Drop batter onto prepared pie pan by spoonfuls, and gently press into the bottom and around the edges of the pan.
Press sliced apples into the dough, pushing gently.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
Bake for 40 minutes, checking at 30 minutes and covering with foil if apples getting to crisp.
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