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Recipe of the Week (November 4, 2014)

Posted by William Abruzzo on November 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM


Torta di Mele e’ Noce (Apple Walnut Cake)


        This recipe takes us to the region of TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE, where apples grow abundantly in the Val di Non. Tucked between high alpine regions, the Val di Non has the perfect climate for growing crisp, sweet apples. And the people of Trentino Alto-Adige know just how to prepare them. Sweet apples are baked in cakes and strudels, dipped in batter and deep fried, and tossed into savory dishes. Here is my version of a tradition apple cake from Bolzano. The original recipe calls for grated apple, but find chunky apple sauce works just as well and is more convenient. It is a wonderful, delicious treat!




All Purpose Flour (3 cups)

Plain Chunky Applesauce -preferably tart (2 ½ cups)

Apples (2 small)

Sugar (2 cups and more for sprinkling)

Eggs (3 extra large)

Chopped Walnuts (1 cup)

Butter (½ cup)

Vanilla Extract (2 tsp)

Salt (1 tsp)

Baking Powder (2 tsp)

Baking Soda (1 tsp)

Cinnamon (1 ¾ tsp)

Nutmeg (¾ tsp)


         Choose a high quality, thick applesauce. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Melt the butter and allow it to cool. Beat together the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, sugar, salt, and spices until smooth and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture 1 cup at a time and beat well. Then, incorporate the applesauce and walnuts. Pour the batter into a 10 ½ inch diameter by 3 inch deep ring mold that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Peel and core the apples, cut them into ¼ thick slices, lay on top of the cakes in an overlapping pattern, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Categories: Desserts + Liqueurs

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Reply Chloe S.
12:23 PM on January 30, 2015 
This is a really nice pound cake, but I am curious to know why applesauce is necessary? Can this be made without it? Thank you -Chloe S. PS - I Iive in Loudoun County, so we are almost neighbors and I love your website and stories about Fauquier, where you live. I go out to the vineyards and orchards all the time! I love it out your way.
Reply Bill Abruzzo
8:16 PM on January 5, 2015 
Hello Ida, Thanks for the nice comment. Hope you join my website.
Reply Bill Abruzzo
8:14 PM on January 5, 2015 
Hello Mariabella. It has been quite a while since you visited I hope you are well. Glad you enjoyed my Italian apple cake.
Reply mariabella
1:10 AM on January 2, 2015 
Mmmmmm. Very good!!
Reply Ida from Staten Island
4:32 PM on December 19, 2014 
This is a very nice recipe for the fall. I just enjoy it for breakfast because it is is really like an apple pound cake, with nice flavor and sweetness. Great cake!