Last week I visited my dear friend Greta and her 2 little ones in Indiana. There is just something about old friends that's so wonderful and comfortable! She is such a great mom--it was so fun to see her with her family. She is a wonderfully creative person and so great in the kitchen--making tasty desserts and meals for us in college. She always had some fun treat for us to try or biscotti waiting for company. Her countless gifts of food and handmade cards are so special to me and really exemplify what a blessing food can be to others. The time and work put into making these goodies demonstrate her thoughtfulness and love for her friends. When I think about my home, I hope that is as welcoming and comforting as Greta's. Love you so Greta!
For my visit, Greta made this terrific apple torte. It was really good and I had to make it when I got home. And it's so easy and fun to make! A buttery, shortbread-like cake batter is spread on the bottom of a pan, stuffed with standing apple slices, dusted with cinnamon, and then baked. After an hour, a custardy mixture of eggs, butter, and sugar is poured over the top and it continues to bake until golden and set. Yum! The smell is fabulous and the resulting torte is gorgeous. Thanks friend!! Continue for Greta's Apple Torte recipe.
Greta's Apple Torte
¾ cup salted butter (or add 1 t salt if using unsalted)
2 c. sugar
2 t baking powder
8 small apples, peeled, cut into 8ths
8-9 inch springform pan (or 9 inch cake pan with at least 2 inch sides)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt ½ cup margarine.
Add 1 cup sugar and beat well.
Stir in 2 eggs and mix.
Add 1 ¾ cup flour and baking powder (and salt if using unsalted butter); beat well.
Spread in bottom of pan.
Stand apple wedges in batter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 1 hour.
Cream remaining butter and sugar (and a small pinch of salt if using unsalted butter). Add eggs.
Pour over torte.
Bake 30 min. longer.
Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.