Tea-apple Compote Cake


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.

What you will need

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

1 cup flour +2 tablespoons corn or potato starch

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 extra large eggs at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons orange zest

1/2 cup canola oil

About 1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar


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