Saturday, November 7, 2009

Brown Butter Bliss: Make This Tonight!


I can be very bossy, as my family and friends will tell you.

But I will ask nicely, PLEASE MAKE THIS!

It is so easy and so delicious. The original recipe comes from the cookbook Classic Home Desserts. This recipe has been made and modified by so many food bloggers, and comes by way of Ligita's Apple Cake (the recipe title in the book).

It is much like a cobbler, but better! You can use any fruit you like, and in any season.
Even if you don't like to bake, make this tonight. Your house smells so good with the nutty butter and the delicious fall apples.

I am sounding a little crazy now.


Brown Butter Bliss: (adapted from Julie's brown butter bliss w/ plums)

3 large apples, peeled and sliced thin
3/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. sugar (or to taste, according to the sweetness of the fruit)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice
1 stick and a half of butter (12 tablespoons)
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a glass pie plate.

Toss your fruit in the pie plate with about 2 Tbsp. sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon & lemon juice.

Here is the only hard part (not really):

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and keep cooking it, swirling the pan occasionally, for about 6 minutes or until it turns golden and starts to smell nutty. The milk solids should be separating from the butter, make sure the butter does not burn.
At the last minute, add the vanilla, the butter will sizzle from the addition to the vanilla extract.
Pour into a medium mixing bowl and let cool a few minutes.

Stir the 3/4 cup of sugar into the butter, then the 2 eggs, then the flour. Spread batter over the fruit with a rubber spatula and sprinkle with the last tablespoon of sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes, until golden and crusty, and the juices ooze from around the edges.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
This would be great with peaches, or plums.
It's my new favorite apple dessert......this week!


Ciao Chow Linda said...

oh yum this looks wonderful. Do I get brownie points if I don't wait till tonight to make it?

Proud Italian Cook said...

Ok, you got me at golden, crunchy, oozing juice!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I forgot to tell you I like your still life photo!

Bluebird NY said...

Wonderful & simple! Your "still life" composition of apples & painting looks so pretty....

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Beautiful and artistic shot with the apples and painting-- still life, against still life. Browned butter, sugar and apples. Bingo. I'm on it.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I promise - I will make this! I am going to visit my daughter and need a pass until Monday after work. Hope that's okay :) I can't wait until I smell the apples baking. Yum!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Lovely! I can smell it right now!

doggybloggy said...

I can completely imagine how delicious this is!

Colloquial Cook said...

WOW. The cake is certainly fantastic, but I'm also in love with your fruit bowl and apple painting mise-en-abîme :-)(I'm so darn futile)

Jamie said...

Oh, you twisted my arm. I'll make it today!

The Japanese Redneck said...

It does look like bliss.

Mini Baker said...

Agreeed... brown butter really IS blissful! :)
-Mini Baker

megan said...

oh this looks great! I love apple desserts too, and I'm always willing to try a new one!

philosophotarian said...

followed instructions. made the deliciousness. impressed Boy. sold.