Torta De Mele

torta de mele

Before the internet, I used to depend on recipes I create, what my friends share with me, and what I see on cooking shows. Then I got addicted to buying Cookbooks.

Although I have many cookbooks at home, I rarely go near them, because most of the time the recipe fails, and I can’t reach the cook/author to ask where I went wrong.

I thank God for internet and food bloggers :).

I have many foodie friends, and they share the most delicious recipes. There are number of foodies whom I trust and have tested their recipes and was impressed.

The recipe I’m sharing today is from my friend Chef Dennis , I usually visit his blog, pick a random recipe, knowing that it will taste heavenly. You should visit his blog, actually bookmark it because I’m sure you’d want to try many of his recipes. Oh, don’t forget to check out his cheesecake recipes.

torta mele

Torta De Mele is classy, moist, and addictive. You will note that my cake is a bit brownish from the inside and  this is the story behind it. “One day, and while frying the apples for Torta De Mele. My cell phone rang, I got busy chatting and lost the sense of time, to later, discover that my apples got caramelized. I was afraid that this will ruin the taste of the cake, but it actually gave it a hint of caramel.

torta de mele 2

Since then I always caramelize the apples, and this is the reason why I took out 3 tablespoons of sugar from the recipe, since the cake became much sweeter after adding the caramelized apples.” The end.

Torta De Mele

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter
  • 3 apples (medium) cut into slices
  • ⅔ (85 g) cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp (2.5 g) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2.5 g) salt
  • 2 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp ( 5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (225 g) granulated sugar (I took 3 tablespoons off that cup)
  • ½ tsp (2.5 g) grated lemon zest
  • 10 x sugar to dust
  1. Preheat oven to 375F – 190C, butter a 9” round cake pan.
  2. In a large frying pan over low heat, melt the butter, reserve 6 tbs for later.
  3. Add the apple slices and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. (I’ve caramelized it)
  4. In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. In a large bowl beat the whole eggs and egg yolks until blended. Add the butter, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest.
  6. Stir in flour and apples. Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  7. Bake until cake is browned, 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in pan for minutes.
  8. Invert cake onto plate to remove the pan and then invert again and return to rack to cool completely.
  9. Before serving dust with 10x sugar.


14 Comments on Torta De Mele

  1. Sandra's Easy Cooking
    04/02/2013 at 12:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I am thankful for the internet and food bloggers too…I said i will buy only one or two more cookbooks this years LOL…if that will ever happen :) What a lovely recipe and I do also love Chef D’s website…
    Great pictures!!!!!

    • munatycooking
      04/02/2013 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

      I try to stop buying cookbooks but I just can’t. Will make that my next year resolution, but for now, I have three cookbooks in mind :) … Chef Dennis is genius and his recipes are just perfect!

  2. Chef Dennis
    04/02/2013 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much for making my recipe and doing such a great job with it! I love the idea of caramelizing the apples!
    You did a wonderful job with the video, next step is do a live demo with the community!

    • munatycooking
      04/02/2013 at 1:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Chef, we enjoy this cake a lot! I will try my best to be available for the live demo :)

  3. Tanja@tanjascookingcorner
    04/02/2013 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

    A wonderful cake, love the idea of caramelizing apples! Your video made me dance, love the music! :)

    • munatycooking
      04/02/2013 at 5:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Tanja :)

  4. Medeja
    04/02/2013 at 6:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all apple pies, cakes, cookies and bars! Can’t explain that love :D
    Your cake looks so so good.. I should try this recipe too, one day..

  5. Laura
    06/02/2013 at 12:12 am (2 years ago)

    Delicious! I love unfrosted rustic cakes that make a statement all on their lonesome. I wish I had a slice right now!

    • munatycooking
      06/02/2013 at 4:58 am (2 years ago)

      It is indeed a very delicious cake Laura :)

  6. Tina (PinayInTexas)
    07/02/2013 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    Love the look of this cake! I’m sure it’s good not just because you say so, but also because it’s from Chef Dennis!
    I hardly touch my cookbooks too, Muna! Trying out recipes from other food bloggers seems a lot easier! :)

    • munatycooking
      07/02/2013 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Tina! You are right, Chef Dennis is sharing the best recipes ever :)

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    09/02/2013 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t buy that many cookbooks any more these days.
    The cake looks beautiful, I love the use of caramelized apples.

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    12/02/2013 at 2:12 am (2 years ago)

    I agree! There is no need of cookbooks especially after I started blogging. SO MANY new recipes posted everywhere everyday and there are so many talented home cooks too. What a gorgeous cake! I follow Chef Dennis too – he’s the leader of food blogging world. I’m thankful for his helpful community on Google+!

    • munatycooking
      12/02/2013 at 5:18 am (2 years ago)

      I’m really thankful for that community, Chef Dennis and the community members have shared and still sharing useful information!


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