My dad’s girlfriend’s niece is Lauryn Cohen, otherwise known as Bella Baker. Lauryn has recently written a fantastic book(azine) called Sweet Gifts, (on sale at Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, Costco, CVS and more) which contains 95 amazing holiday desserts and crafts. Included in the book is this recipe which was given to her by her grandmother Harriet, which was given to her by HER grandmother! I can see why it’s a family recipe passed down through the generations. It’s simple to make, doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, is incredible tasting, and looks amazing and impressive! I didn’t start preparing the dessert until after the Christmas dinner was eaten, giving us time to digest, and allowing me to serve it fresh and hot, straight from the oven.
Lauryn’s original recipe calls for this to be made in a 9×13 glass dish, which I didn’t have, so I used a 9-inch round pie plate instead. It looked more like an apple pie than an apple cake.
1/4 cup sugar
3 pounds apples (macintosh or corland), peeled, cored and sliced into medium-sized wedges
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
This recipe is also available on Lauryn’s blog.
note: parts if the crust look a little burnt in the picture. They didn’t taste burnt, but as I used the wrong size dish, the pie was piled higher than it should be and got a little dark during cooking. Next time, I will cover it loosely with foil towards the end or lower the temperature or oven shelf, and keep an eye on it.Pin It