I've been very lucky since I've started this blog to meet some really amazing people. The food blogging community is quite a special thing. Yes, there's sometimes competition, but it's mostly friendly. Honestly, it's one of the most supportive communities I've ever encountered. Food bloggers cheer each other on and give pats on the back when someone succeeds. Just like every other community, we celebrate around the holidays with one another.
As you all know by now, I live on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The food blogging community up here is a talented and very supportive bunch. So when Kristen of North Shore Dish gracefully offered up her home for a North Shore Food Blogger Holiday Potluck, I was really excited. Too often in the world of food blogging do you converse for months on end on twitter, through comments and Facebook; but life is busy, and you don't get to put a real, actual face to a name. This lovely "smorgasbord" event was an awesome chance to do that.
Everyone was asked to "take a cue from the Swedes" and bring a dish to the event. The dishes ran the gamut from Guatemalan meatballs, to meatballs of the Swedish variety, to avocado-crab soup, to a bouche de noel. All were amazing, as we're the spirits we cheers'd each other with. I'll leave the listing of the amazing folks who I got to spend a wonderful evening with to someone else, since with my brain, I'm liable to forget someone and be sad about that. You all know who you are, it was amazing spending time with you, and I hope we can do it again soon.
This Swedish Apple Cake was my offering to the table. Be warned, it's sweet and rich, but isn't that just perfect for the holidays? It's also super easy to throw together and looks amazing. This technically could be a Winter CSA post as well, because I still have a store of apples I've picked up from over the weeks as part of my share. I found the recipe on FoodRepublik.com who found it on Serious Eats, but it all can me traced back to the amazing Dorie Greenspan. Enjoy!
Dorie Greenspan's Swedish Apple Cake
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 extra-large egg or 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled (you should have about a 1/2 cup of melted butter)
1 to 1 1/2 apples, peeled and sliced
apple or apricot jam, for glazing the cake.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the flour, baking, powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
In another bowl, beat the egg, vanilla and sugar until pale and smooth. Add the cooled melted butter and beat until smooth and shiny. Add the flour mixture, and mix with a spatula until everything in combined.
Scrape into a buttered 9-inch springform pan. You can use a pie dish or cake pan as well but it can be difficult to get the finished cake out of the pan without cracking it.
Top the batter with your apple slices and bake about 35 minutes or until the top is browned and the apples are tender.
Heat up a bit of the apple or apricot jam or jelly in a saucepan until liquid, adding some water if necessary. Brush glaze over the top of the cake and enjoy!