How was your week? Mine was pretty hectic. Now that I work full time I have to learn to juggle the housework, the cooking and the children as well, although I have hubby who is very good indeed.
This is a brand new “dimension” for me. Before working full time I had so many hours left for cooking and baking; now I have much less time but I do enjoy it even more. And the same goes for blogging.
Cooking, baking and blogging is 100% relaxation time for me, it is the magic pill, the ME-time. When I log in and find all your comments it feels even better. It is all worth it. That’s all I want from blogging really: sharing recipes and experiences and have some interaction with my readers.
Soo.. today I have an interesting cake you might like to bake yourself. Do you like apple cakes? If you do, just read on.
My dearest friend Agneska, who comes from Poland, keeps making amazing cakes. I previously featured one of her delicacies on this blog: a strawberry and cream sponge cake, pure delight when strawberries were in season in the UK. I made it so many times.
Last weekend I was invited for coffee and I was totally impressed by this apple and meringue cake so I stole her recipe. This cake has a base and a topping of shortcrust pastry and two layers: one of grated apples and one of meringue with a hint of cinnamon. The layers look lovely especially the meringue one.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 60 minutes
- flour – 450 g – 3 + 3/4 cup + extra if needed
- butter – 200 g – just over 7/8 cup
- eggs – 3 large (or 4 small)
- apples – 3 large
- breadcrumbs – 2 tbsp
- cinnamon – 2 tsp
- vanilla essence – 1 tsp
- brown sugar – 80 g – 3/8 cup
- granulated sugar – 150 g – 2/3 cup
Make the pastry. On your worktop mix the flour with the egg yolks, the brown sugar, the diced butter, 1 tsp of cinnamon and the vanilla essence.
Working with a fork mix the ingredients well then quickly, using your hands, combine everything together and make a ball or simply use a processor. If you find the mixture too sticky add a little more flour and if it is too dry add a drop of milk. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Take 2/3 of the pastry and put the remaining one aside.
With a rolling pin roll up the pastry and place it on a spring form baking tin with the bottom lined with parchment paper. The baking tin should measure approx 23 cm or 9 inch diameter.
Bake the pastry at 180C or 350F for 15 minutes.
Peel the apples, remove the cores and grate them finely. Mix them with a tsp of cinnamon. Whip the egg whites, add the white sugar and keep whipping for a few minutes until you get a meringue consistency. You should get a soft but firm consistency.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the baked pastry, add the grated apples and spread the meringue on them. Rub the remaining pastry with your fingertips until the mixture looks like moist breadcrumbs and place it on top of the meringue.
Bake for 45 minutes at 180C or 350F. Cover it with tinfoil if you find that it gets too brown on top.
Let it cool down before removing it from the mold.
17 thoughts on “Apple meringue cake”
Alida, Your apple cake looks so delicious. I enjoy eating cakes cakes with meringue. This cake reminds me of a German sheet cake that I like. Make sure you get some time to yourself when you work and raise children.
Thanks Gerlinde. German cakes are very nice. I lived in Germany for a while many years ago. I love the bread there as well.
I want to make this tomorrow as it sounds delicious however I am unsure about how you break the topping pastry back up into crumb like texture, once you have gathered it up – does it go back to crumbs easily?
Hi Helen, Yes it does as it is quite buttery. It is the same as making apple crumble.
I love the meringue layer between apples and streusel…absolutely delicious and a perfect afternoon cake to enjoy with the family in Autumn!
This is indeed a great cake to make. One of my favourite apple cake recipes.
Dear Alida, we have one thing in common: cooking is our therapy ! I earn my salary in corporate world and, believe me, I completely and totally understand what you are saying ( writing ). I truly hope you know you have my support, wholehearted 🙂
It is indeed our therapy.. the best therapy ever! 🙂
Full time work, family and blog, I don’t know how you do it, I admire your drive. Oh my your cake looks wonderful. I see a meringue, a bit of an apple pie and cake all in one. This will be very popular on our Swedish Julbord (Christmas table).
Oh yes.. Christmas is coming up. I will be curious to see what you eat in Sweden. Blogging relaxes me.. I couldn’t live without it.
Bella e tanto golosa, complimenti!!!!!
Grazie 1000 cara
I love apple cakes and this one is so different with the meringue layer. I’ve definitely got to give it a try.
The meringue goes so well with the apples. I really recommend this one.
Che delizia questa torta meringata, adoro le mele, bravissima!
Si anche io, la torta di mele é sempre la migliore.
Hi there! I enjoyed wandering through your webdsite/blog. Your Apple Meringue Cake recipe caught my eye. I had never thought of grating the apples for a dish similar to this one… or using breadcrumbs. Had company over for dinner and we had this for dessert. Everyone raved about it. It was yummy! Thanks for sharing.