Brown Butter Bourbon Apple Cake
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Serves: 6
  • 4-5 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced into chunks
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
  • 10 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup bourbon (or ¼ cup apple cider and ½ tsp vanilla)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a 7" round springform pan (an 8" could be used as well, but start checking the cake for doneness about 10-15 minutes early).
  3. Toss the apple chunks with lemon juice and granulated sugar. Place into the pan.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and heat over medium heat until nut brown and fragrant. Combine the browned butter with the sugar, add the eggs and bourbon and stir until incorporated.
  5. Combine the flour with the baking powder and salt,and stir that mixture into the eggs, butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Pour the batter over the apples in the pan.
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Repeat as necessary until your apples are all gone.
This recipe was adapted a bit from Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan and a bit from Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax and a bit from my own brain and pantry.
Recipe by The Domestic Front at