CI Apple Upside-Down Cake
Has anyone made the Cook's Illustrated Apple Upside-Down Cake from their September issue? I am in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving and I am contemplating making it. However, I am much more of a cook than a baker and since I don't want to start experimenting when I have to bring dessert to my sister's house, I'm wondering if it is really good, or should I just stick with what I know and make an apple-cranberry pie...
Any thoughts on it? Thanks!
it's an easy recipe that makes a very good cake. i used granny smith apples. when they say make sure you don't overcook the apples, they mean it. undercook them.
would you mind listing the cake ingredients? i wanted to make this for christmas, but i'm away from home (and my magazine).
Since you're trying not to make a bunch of cakes in the coming weeks, I'll share my experiences...none of which are CI. I made an apple upside down cake last week, the recipe from Lebovitz's Room For Dessert...plum huckleberry upside down cake, but I used hard tart apples. It was deeeelicious, but not as good as the cranberry upside-down cake published in an Alice Waters article in the NYTimes a couple of years ago.
You could sub an apple for some of those cranberries if you are inclined. It's a great cake, and the top is gooey-jammy.
Another fruit and cake bit of perfection in the Sir Gawain butter cake that's been passed around this board for a few years. It's super easy - I too am a cook, not a baker. I've made it with a variety of fruits.