polish placek apple cake

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It’s tea time and we’re making a big Brown Betty pot of spiced cinnamon apple black tea and nibbling this delicious cake. It’s light and elegant and reminds me a little of German kuchen. The perfect little treat for a beautiful autumn day. I made it with apples this time, but I’m planning on trying it with plums sometime soon. One of my readers said she uses pears. I can’t wait to sample all of these different variations.

~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~

2 and 1/3 cups AP flour

2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 cup butter (softened) + 3 Tablespoons (very cold)

3/4 cup milk

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

7 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced very thin

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Butter a 9 x 13 glass cake pan. In a big bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and 3/4 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup softened butter, milk and eggs. Beat in a tabletop mixer, on medium speed,  for 4 minutes.

Evenly spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Place half of the apples on top of the batter. Remove 1/2 cup of the remaining batter and set it aside. Smooth the rest of the remaining batter on top of the apples. (Don’t worry if this second layer of batter doesn’t reach the sides of the pan, just do your best to make it even.) Place the rest of the apples over this second layer of batter. Drop the rest of the batter (the reserved 1/2 cup) by spoonfuls over the top of the apples.

Using a fork, cut the spices and reserved 1/4 cup sugar into the very cold 3 Tablespoons of butter and sprinkle this spiced butter evenly over the top of the apples and batter.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes clean when inserted into the cake. Cool the cake completely in the pan. Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Enjoy with your favorite coffee or tea!



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  10 comments for “polish placek apple cake

  1. joan sawyer
    September 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I have a apple cake recipe that isvery similar to yours. Would love to have more recipes from you.

    • Melissa
      September 29, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Hi Joan! I’m so pleased you like the recipe. If you’d like to browse my recipe archives, simply click on the “decadence” button at the top of my main blog page. Thank you and have a great day 🙂

  2. Alvena
    October 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    This looks delicious ! What is AP flour though

    • Melissa
      October 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

      thanks, Alvena 🙂 AP is “all purpose.”

  3. Sandylynn
    September 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for apple bread, made with a yeast dough & a pre-baked apple pie added to the dough before baking the whole thing. A local restaurant makes these loaves of bread & they won’t share the recipe. It is SO divine too…sinfully so. I’ve searched the web & all I can find are apple bread that’s more like a quick bread, not made with dough. All the restaurant would tell me is that they take some bread dough & mix and apple pie in with it, then bake the whole thing in a bread pan. I’d SO love to make this, as it would make wonderful gifts. Thanks for any help you can give me. <

  4. Anita
    October 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Look good

    • Melissa
      October 10, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      thank you, Anita! 🙂

  5. Marilyn
    August 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    What is AP flour?

  6. Certainly
    September 18, 2018 at 10:30 am

    9×13 is too big for me (only one) wonder if this could be cut in half? I’d so, what size pan to use? As there are two layers to the dough-need enough of it to go around.

    • Melissa
      September 18, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Sure, you can cut this in half. Use a 9×9 square cake pan or a 9 inch round.

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