Favorite French Recipes-Breton Apple Cake

Monthly I recieve, via the Internet, a e-magazine Called France Monthly http://www.francemonthly.com/
which gives great information on various parts of France. I love reading things like that, storing up places I want to visit next. They always give a recipe from the region written about. This month the subject was a part of Brittany and they offered this recipe for an apple cake. I had just bought some apples that looked good on the outside but on the inside were less than thrilling so I was looking around for a recipe so I could cook them. Maurice doesn’t like cinnamon so that leaves out most of my Amrican recipes so I was happy to find this one. While I was in the middle of mixing the ingredients, I realized that there wasn’t any baking powder on the list. I thought about adding some anyway but didn’t. The photo on the magazine looked like the cake would be rather heavy and dense so I decided to trust the recipe. It turned out to be great-it did raise a little-and the apples made it very moist. It was very easy and fast to make. I beat the egg whites first so I wouldn’t have to meticuously clean the beaters if I did it at the end. It calls for 6 ounces of butter which I think is about 2/3 cup-it’s what I used anyway.


Breton Apple Cake

6 oz softened butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
3 eggs, separated
2 large apples
1 Tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

With a mixer, beat the soft butter with the sugar and add 3 egg yolks, having put the whites aside. Add the sifted flour and the honey.

Whip the egg whites until they form firm peaks and delicately fold them into the mixture.

Peel the apples and cut into small cubes. Add them to the dough.

Pour into a 7 ” round, buttered cake pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Eat when cooled.

Bon appétit !

Sideroads of Europe

7 thoughts to “Favorite French Recipes-Breton Apple Cake”

  1. That looks and sounds really good! I’m going to give it a try. Today, at the request of a friend, I made carrot cake to take to him. Later this week I’ll be making a coconut cake (with fresh coconut!). Next week we’re in Guam, so perhaps the week after this will grace our table.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Oh yes, the apple is everything in Brittany, along with shellfish, pork, veal; and those formidable crepes and gallettes with every filling imaginable. Hmmmm…..just made some toast for breakfast and as I sit here reading about your cake, and thinking of these other Breton delights, the toast is looking VERY bland. Will add some Quince [Coing] jelly recently given to us by Monsieur le Maire’s wife to make it palatable! She used the fruit from our trees to make this lovely stuff for the neighborhood. The quince fruit looked absolutely wooden inside to me. Was I EVER wrong. Yum.

    Before we moved to Bretagne [French for Brittany] we had already tried so many apple delights such as the cider and various fruit desserts. Found them just by wandering around to see the sights and, in the Summer at least, there is something amazing at every roadside stand. Including also Calvados, breads and various pates.

    We were out to show our children around the amazing Mont St. Michel last month and happened to pass a small fish market, spanking clean and no fish smell WHATSOEVER, near to Cancale. There we discovered a type of tiny clam – Le Coq – which makes the most incredible pasta a la Vongole on this earth. Soak them for an hour in salt water to get them to release all the sand before cooking.

    The LeClerc, SuperU, Champion — in other words all the grocery chains — carry apple desserts of every variety year round in Brittany. But never so fresh and homemade good as this looks. Surprisingly, apple pie hasn’t seemed to have any breakthrough here, despite the immense crop available.

    We’ll try this recipe for Sunday lunch. We just bought some gorgeous Breton apples yesterday, so quite serendipitous. We enjoy all your recipes Linda, please keep them coming.

  3. Oh my goodness, that looks devine!!! I just made a carrot cake so I’m adding that apple cake for next week! Thanks for the recipe!!
    And “dosn’t like cinnamon”?….what’s wrong with him?lol

  4. I’m making this SOON. Sure looks good. I’m thinking some heavy whipped cream would be good with it. Or even vanilla ice cream drizzled with a bit of caramel and then sprinkled with some toasted pecans.

  5. This looks great….just copied down the recipe. I’ll be in Brittany next month when in France…I’ll have to look for this dessert on menu’s there.

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