8 small apples
1/2 cup raisins
2 tsp rum or rum extract
3/4 cup sugar, plus 3 tbsp, divided
1 tsp chocolate, grated
3/4 cup butter or margarine, plus 2 sp, divided
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp almonds, ground
1 apricot jam
1 powdered sugar, sifted
Filling: Peel and core apples. Combine raisins, rum, 1 tablespoon of
the sugar and the grated chocolate in small saucepan. Bring to boil.
Set aside while preparing batter. Batter: Preheat oven to 350
degrees. Lightly grease bottom of 10 1/2" springform pan. Cream 3/4
cup of the butter, 3/4 cup of the sugar and vanilla together. Beat in
eggs, 1 at a time, and lemon extract, beating until light and fluffy.
Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon together. Gradually beat into
creamed mixture. Turn batter into prepared pan; arrange apples on
top. Fill apple centers with raisin mixture. Dot with 2 teaspoons of
the butter. Bake @ 350 degrees, 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mixture of
ground almonds and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake 10 to 15
minutes longer until apples are tender. Remove from oven. Brush jam
over apple opening and sprinkle icing sugar over cake portion.
Servings: 1 servings
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Categories: Apple; Cake; Dessert; Fruit; German
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