APPLE CAKE WITH HAZELNUTS AND LAVENDER

It is harvest time in Denmark and apples are pouring in at the supermarket and the local framer’s market. Denmark is the most apple eating country in Europe, in fact we eat  an average of 110 pounds a person a year. There are many sorts of apples; old and new, sweet and sour, mild tasting and strong tasting.  We have about 750 different danish types of apples. Not only do we eat them every day, we use them in our food making and apple cake is one of the most popular dessert we have. Here is an apple cake that takes just minutes to make and is a favorite of all.   

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Apple Cake with Hazelnuts and Lavender

8 dessert servings

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

3 oz. hazelnuts, crushed slightly

2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges

4 tbsp. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

Garnish:

1 cup heavy cream

sprigs of lavender

extra hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

To make the cake, whisk eggs with sugar until smooth. Fold hazelsnuts, apples, flour and baking powder into the cake. Pour cake batter into a buttered baking pan. Bake 35 minutes.

To serve, let cake cool slightly. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Top cake with cream and sprinkle with shaved hazelnuts. Garnish with lavender.

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