But don't get me wrong, French people take an easy way out too! First, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving and second, we don't go into the trouble of wishing people a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah, at least not in writing. We just bundle our best wishes for la Nouvelle Année. And unless you are home with no kids, a lot of time to kill and a PhD in Philosophy or French literature to elaborate on the wishes, you generally wish people "meilleurs voeux de bonheur et de bonne santé" for Happiness and Good health! What I don't like about the cards is that I sometimes feel that people have me on their mailing list and therefore feel compelled to send me a card. Not that I mind but I'd rather get a short phone call, a postcard sent from their home/vacation town during the year, a text-message even... Since we don't live in France anymore and since we moved to the digital age very fast, and since it's only January 3rd, I have yet to send something out (a video?). However, more than sending
(inspired by My Tartelette)
For the cake batter:
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 100 gr (3.5 oz) sugar
- 1 ts cinnamon or Cardamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 ts baking powder
- 85 ml 2.87 Fl oz) milk
- 85 ml (2.87 Fl oz) cream
- 80 ml (2.7 Fl oz) vegetable oil
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 apples, pealed and diced
For the cream on top:
- 80 gr butter (2.82 oz) (room temperature)
- 100 gr (3.5 oz) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 ts vanilla extract
- Preheat ovent to 350F
- Butter cake molds and set aside
- In a bowl, mix in all the dry ingredients together.
- In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, cream and vegetable oil.
- Pour the liquids onto the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the batter onto the molds about 2/3rd full.
- Place the apples dices/slices on top. Reserve
- In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well until smooth. Set aside
- Put the cakes in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Take them out and spread the cream batter on top
- Bake again in the oven for 15 minutes (until an knife comes out clean)
- Dust with powdered sugar for decoration!My Personal Comments:
- Make sure you don't overcook the cakes in the first step (10minutes) because the cake needs to be soft enough to absorb the cream.
- The cream might overflow : I like to bake them on a dish so that the oven stays as clean as possible
- You could make them with Cardamon instead of Cinnamon
- You could make a large cake instead of smaller ones. Just add a little bit more time for the second baking.