Comfort Me with Apples — Alsatian Apple Cake

| July 24, 2009

I first read the phrase “Comfort me with apples” on the book of the same name by food writer and executive editor of Gourmet Magazine, Ruth Reichl. Only later did I learn that it is borrowed from the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament of the Bible. “Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.”  [The Song Of Solomon 2:5] Obviously, apples and other fruits have played an important and influential role in society throughout written history.

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“From the very beginning the ancients were truly enamoured with fruit. Apart from milk and honey, fruit is nature’s only pleasure-laden natural food. From the beginning apples have been associated with love, beauty, luck, health, comfort, pleasure, wisdom, temptation, sensuality, sexuality, virility and fertility. Stories and traditions about man’s origins connect him to a garden of paradise filled with fruit trees. The stories are essentially the same whether it be the Semitic Adam, the Teutonic Iduna, the Greek Hesperides, or the Celtic Avalon. Man’s idea of paradise centers on an abundance of cultivated fruit, its sensual irresistibility and the consequential calamity of its seduction.” — Mitch Lynd ~ Great Moments in Apple History

Everything I cook or write about here in Oregon is shaped not only by those who cooked for me as a child, but by my family and friends who shared cooking with me as I grew up. I count as friends the cookbooks I have collected through the years and am forever grateful to their authors. Among my favorites and most worn is my Martha Rose Shulman collection. I don’t believe there’s a recipe of hers I have made that isn’t a keeper and a repeater.

The Vegetarian Feast was the first find during my “macrochaotic” days of eating mostly vegetarian. I still make her Soy Paté from that book. Not long after, I had to have Supper Club: Chez Martha Rose, a smart collection of recipes and menus from Martha Rose’s Paris sojourn. There she hosted monthly dinners for guests in her Paris apartment. The food consisted of a mix of Mexican and French with some fusion. Having come to Paris from Austin, Texas, the style was a natural for her. It was right up my alley, too, as I am a native-Texan Francophile.

Shulman went on to write Mediterranean Light, a collection of regional recipes lightened up with her touch. Other books followed, including Provençal Light, Mexican Light, Entertaining Light and Light Basics. Her cookbook-writing abilities are inexhaustible; every time you look, there seems to be a new one. This has proven to be a wonderful niche for her. She also provides  the recipes for The New York Times’ Health Section, a well deserved and prominent acknowledgment of her culinary gifts. You can view the complete collection of her books on her Web site and her New York Times recipes here.

One of my favorite and most frequently made creations is her Alsatian Apple Cake from Supper Club: Chez Martha Rose. It is apple heaven reincarnate; a liberal amount of peeled, sliced apples fused with a pancake-like batter flavored appropriately with vanilla and rum. I make this several times a year and it never fails to evoke praise. I often share the recipe with gratitude and acknowledgment for my source. Enjoy!

Alsatian Apple Cake
Printed with permission from Martha Rose Shulman

A Slice of Apple Heaven

A Slice of Apple Heaven

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For the cake:

  1. 1 tablespoon (15 ml.) unsalted butter
  2. 4 pounds (1.8 k.) baking apples or Golden Delicious apples
  3. 3 large eggs
  4. ⅓ cup (80 ml.) mild-flavored honey of your choice
  5. ¼ cup (60 ml.) safflower or peanut oil
  6. 2 tablespoons (30 ml.) milk
  7. 1 teaspoon (5 ml.) vanilla
  8. 2 tablespoons (30 ml.) rum (I suggest Myer’s Dark Rum)
  9. ½ cup plus 2 heaping tablespoons (about 155 ml., total) sifted unbleached white flour
  10. 1 tablespoon (15 ml.) baking powder
  11. 1 teaspoon (5 ml.) baking soda
  12. Pinch of salt

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  • Preheat the oven to 425 °F (220 °C). Generously butter a 12-inch (30 cm.) cake pan or 10-inch (25 cm.) springform pan.
  • Peel, core and cut the apples into eighths. Place in a large bowl.
  • Mix together the eggs, honey, oil, milk, vanilla and rum. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend together and pour the batter over the apples. Toss everything together and turn into the buttered baking pan.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Note: Because this cake is baked at a rather high temperature, I always linger close by to check on the top. If the top of the cake browns before the rest of the cake is done, drape a piece of aluminum foil over it and continue baking.
  • While it’s baking, mix together the topping ingredients.

For the topping:

  1. 1 large egg
  2. 2 tablespoons (30 ml.) unsalted butter, melted
  3. 2 tablespoons (30 ml.) brown sugar
  • Pour this topping over the cake after it baked for 30 minutes, and spread evenly. Return it to the heat and bake another 10 minutes, until caramelized on the top. Cool in the pan on a rack. Serve warm or cool. The cake reheats well.

Serves 8 generously

Because the majority of this cake is apples, I consider it a rather guiltless dessert. However, I usually serve it with a generous dollop of guilt on the side in the form of sweetened heavy cream whipped up with a liberal pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and a small splash of Calvados (apple brandy.) Clear Creek Distillery makes an outstanding apple brandy and is my choice. If you wish to serve a wine with this, I recommend Tualatin Estate Vineyards’ Semi-Sparkling Muscat.

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I hope to include some of Martha Rose’s savory recipes in the future, such as her heady Marseillaise Sauce for seafood and her devilishly delicious Green Garlic Shrimp to showcase our wonderful Oregon seafood.

In her most recent endeavor, she has partnered with award-winning cookbook author and international cooking instructor Clifford A. Wright to teach a series of cooking classes at her new Venice Cooking School. You can bet the next time I’m in the Los Angeles area I’ll make a beeline for one of her classes.

Bon appétit!


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Music, food and photography are at the center of Charles’ life. He performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera and was assistant principal bassoonist with the Fort Worth Symphony for more than 20 years. When Charles and Victor moved to Baltimore, Charles created Lone Star Personal Chef and Catering Service and taught cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. Now in Salem, Charles is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Mountain West Real Estate, taught cooking classes for children at the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and owns and operates Charles Price Photography. Charles and Vic enjoy entertaining and frequently host dinners as fundraisers for local non-profits and charities

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  1. steve m says:

    Apple Pie, Apple Tart, Appletini …. great things come in 3’s

  2. charlesprice says:

    Vic and I first tasted the Semi Sparkling Muscat at a charity event when we first moved here. Until then, I had not been a sweet wine aficionado. This changed that - we enjoy it often as an aperitif too.

  3. I liked the post and your writing style. I’m adding you to my RSS reader.

    Greetings from Tim. 🙂

  4. charlesprice says:

    Thank you Tim and welcome.

  5. Shonnie says:

    This “apple heaven reincarnate” you describe sounds delicious, Charles.