It's getting around to that time of year when everyone who knows anyone with an apple tree is constantly searching for new ways to cook apples. My parents have two trees, a small young one that sill doesn't get a lot of apples, but that are the my favorites just to eat raw and an older tree that has enormous amounts of apples that are very good for cakes, jams and juices. Neither are quite ripe yet, but the big tree already sheds tons and tons half-ripe apples that have to be dealt with. I've obviously already made my fall favorite - tare tatin already. So it was time for something else.
Here is a recipe for a very odd apple cake, that my mom found in a family magazine (Pere ja Kodu) recently, but which was, despite the oddness, very very good.
Apple and coconut cake with chocolate (Õuna-, ja kookosekook shokolaadiga):
150 g butter
200 g coconut flakes
100 g dark chocolate
2 dl sugar
2 dl apple jam (or if you don't have any, you can make a puree from apples by peeling and deseeding them, cutting them up into small chunks and stewing them in a small amount of water and then blending)
2 tbsp rum or brandy
1.5 dl flour
1 tsp baking powder
6-8 small sour apples
Preheat the oven to 175 C.
Peel and clean the apples and thinly slice them.
Spread a cake-tin with butter and sprinkle with coconut flakes (using a small amount of the 200g).
Melt the rest of the butter and set aside to cool.
Bet the eggs until they turn light and then add the slightly cooled butter, apple jam and alcohol.
Mix the rest of the coconut flakes with flour, baking powder and chocolate (coarsely chopped) and add the dry ingredients to the wet.
Pour the batter into the cake tin and stick in the apple slices in a nice circle (or whichever way you want).
Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanish.
It's quite sweet but very very satisfying. The texture is luscious thanks to the coconut and the dark chocolate adds that extra something to 'just another apple cake'.