This recipe I adapted very slightly from “Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake” by zahavah which is posted here on food52 website, and as many times I do, gave it my own spin. The base of zahavah’s cake is so easy and versatile that you cannot go wrong with any additions or makeovers.
Here is my recipe, where I used two different herbal teas: 1. “Celestial seasonings” Cinnamon apple spice, 2. “Ahmad Tea London” Rooibos Earl Grey for my Tea-apple compote. —Kukla
1(10" ) round cake
For the tea-apple compote
• 2 Cinnamon apple spice herbal tea bags
• 2 Rooibos earl grey herbal tea bags
• 1/4 cup honey (preferably orange blossom)
• Pinch of salt
• 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped out
• 3 wide strips orange peel
• 1/2 cup cognac or brandy
• 4 firm large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 12 wedges
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
For cake batter
• 1 cup flour +2 tablespoons corn or potato starch
Steep all 4 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water, 20 minutes. Squeeze out and discard the tea bags. Pour the tea to a saucepan. Add the honey, salt, vanilla seeds and pod, orange peel and cognac and cook over medium heat until syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the apples and butter; reduce the heat to low; simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly.
For cake batter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 10" glass baking dish.
Sift together flour, starch, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl. In another bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, sour cream, vanilla and orange zest.
Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold oil into batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.
Add about 3/4 of the apple compote to the batter and mix it in. Then pour into the prepared baking dish and spread the batter evenly with a spatula. Arrange the remaining apple slices on the top of the batter. Sprinkle the cake with Turbinado sugar and bake for 1 hour or until deep golden brown and the top has a crunchy crust.
Cool in the baking dish on wire rack. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream or with just a cup of your favorite tea.