Let's slow down. Let's relax and live in the moment, and not think too far ahead. It's November, and it's fall. Breathe. Reflect. Red, orange, yellow and brown. Fallen leaves and fallen soldiers. It's time to remember. Let's not get too carried away with all things red and green and sparkly - not yet.
Maple Apple Upside Down Cake is comforting. It's simple. It's just what we need right now.
This cake reminds me of my trip to Amsterdam - it's a combination of a Dutch Apple Pancake (left - look at the pretty blue and white tabletop - so Dutch!) and their famous Apfelkuchen (right), which I thoroughly enjoyed at the Rijksmuseum cafe.
Maple Apple Upside Down Cake
slightly adapted from Joy the Baker - Homemade Decadence
Maple Apple Topping
2 Granny smith apples, peeled and sliced into wedges
1/2 cup Canadian maple syrup
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup Canadian maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
Prepare the apple bottom (which ends up being the topping) first. In a greased 9x2 cake pan, arrange the apple wedges, fanned out in a circle. Using a small saucepan, heat up butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until the butter melts. Pour about half of the mixture over top of the apples in the cake pan. Set aside the other half.
In a separate saucepan, melt the 3/4 cup of butter and let cool.
While the butter is cooling, grate the apple. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, maple syrup, brown sugar and grated apple. Once the butter has cooled, add the butter.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Using a large spoon, dollop the cake batter on top of the apples in the cake pan. Careful not to move the apples out of their fan pattern.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Drizzle the remaining maple sauce over top and serve. We enjoyed this cake the next day but I imagine that it is terrific served warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you are feeling decadent.