Torta Di Mele Della Nonna (Grandma's Apple Cake with Figs, Dates, Raisins and Pine Nuts)
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Ingredients

  • For the Apple Mixture

    • 12-inch diameter round cake pan
    • 3 large Granny Smith apples
    • juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
    • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup vin santo
  • For the Cake

    • 12-inch diameter round cake pan
    • 3 large Granny Smith apples
    • juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
    • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup vin santo
    • 1 1/4 sticks (5 ounces) unsalted butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons whole milk
    • 1 cup cake flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 cup pine nuts

Preparation

Serving Directions:

To make apple mixture: Two hours before preparing cake, peel and slice apples thin, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Put sliced apples in a large bowl, add figs, dates, raisins, toasted pine nuts, and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in Vin Santo, then cover bowl and set aside. To make cake:Melt the butter in a bowl over some hot water, then let cool. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with a pinch of salt and the sugar. Add butter and mix again. Add vanilla and grated lemon zest. Mix in milk and then the cake flour together with the baking powder. To assemble: Add apple mixture and mix until all ingredients have been incorporated, then pour mixture into a buttered, floured, round baking pan, 12-inches in diameter. Sprinkle top of cake with the reserved pine nuts and bake in preheated oven at 350°F for about 30 minutes. The cake should separate from the sides of the pan when done.