Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

PUBLISHED ON: 12.02.2011

Recently I posted what I refer to as my “indulge me” questions on my facebook page.  The question was, “If you could have only one dessert the rest of your life what would it be?”  Me?  I am going down with a fruit crumble of sorts and this cake is close enough to my heaven.  A friend responded warm arroz con leche (rice with milk a/k/a rice pudding).  I thought, “Wow, I am not the only one that goes nuts over a good rice pudding.”  That would be my second choice.  I know you are thinking she is going down for “what?”  “Fruit crumble and rice pudding?”  Sure am.

This cake served up warm with vanilla ice cream is melt in your mouth delicious.

You can tell that we did not cut the cake into dainty slices but tore into it like people who wanted to eat cake.
Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake
Serves 6-8
Recipe from Ina Garten

12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1-1/18 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.  With the mixer on medium, add 1-cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined.  On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.
Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate.  Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely.  Combine the remaining batter over the fruit, covering it completely.  Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter.  Bake for 55 minutes to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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