Friday, November 11, 2011

EPLEPAI, A NORWEGIAN APPLE CAKE - GÂTEAU NORVÉGIEN AUX POMMES

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As much as I love my blog, adore my followers and  appreciate communicating my enthusiasm for all things culinary with the world, I have to admit that it is always very difficult to get back on track after having been on holiday and away from my virtual "baby" (yes, that's how I call it). Blogging offers a great deal of fun, but is also a full-time "job" if you are a dedicated and serious perfectionist like me.

There are some moments when I wish I would be less enslaved to Rosa's Yummy Yums, feel less under pressure and less "obligated" to make my faithful readership happy by offering regular updates on a weekly basis. Stress is negative and can really be destructive as it tends to kill the enjoyment this divertissement is supposed to bring and transforms it into a chore and a heavy responsability. It is exactly what you want to avoid and it is then that you have to unplug yourself before you wreck yourself and hate your hobby. In that case, a break is highly recommended

Having gone through a rough and emotionally draining phase lately, I had to interrupt my rat race routine with a lovely staycation. During two blissful weeks, I enjoyed relaxing my body, intellect and soul. Finally, I could breathe, sleep, stop looking at the clock, be as silly and snail-like as I wanted, yet I somehow missed putting my thoughts down on paper and sharing my vision of things as well as my latest gastronomical discoveries with you (addiction it is called - LOL).

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On the one hand it might be an energy-consumming activity to feed such a site, but on the other hand, the pleasure and joy it gives to the person behind the keyboard is immeasurable and compensates for the endless exhausting and strainful photography sessions as well as every unnerving hour spent wracking my brains in order to find clever words, original ideas and dishes of interest that I can display here.

The positive news is that eventhough my batteries have not been entirely reloaded during the course of this small interlude, I am nonetheless back on the saddle once more and ready to kick some ass again! Hopefully you have savored that momentarily calm period during my absence. Aaahhh, what a relief! Finally free of my writing deliriums, photographic experiments, cunning points of view and my sinful as well as everlastingly tempting food.

Well, as I didn't want to leave you totally unoccupied while I was not visibly present (don't worry, just like a stalker or undercover agent, I followed each of your tweets, post and facebook movements as I'm an online junkie - LOL), two of my wonderful colleague bloggers (Tanvi and Peter) entertained you thanks to their delightful guest posts delivered with much warmth, charm, verve and talent.

But let me tell you, despite the fact that you might have the impression I have spent my vacation doing absolutely nothing and being lazy like a maggot, in no way have I been procrastinating or innactive. All on the contrary. I didn't publish any recent articles, that's true, but nevertheless, in my corner, I was calmly preparing my return and future features just like a tactician getting ready for war.

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Apart from taking loads of fall pictures and doing lots of thinking as well as some reasearching, I worked on my new design, hence I have the immense pleasure of introducing you guys to Rosa's Yummy Yums' elegant, distinguished, fresh and chic layout (tweeting, facebooking, stumbling, etc... enabled, how class is that?). My blog really needed a facelift as it was starting to look quite outdated, aged and crusty, so I hope you'll appreciate this makeover (there's still more to do, but let's take one step at a time, shall we)...

Today, I have decided to come back with an Autumn/Winter Norwegian apple delicacy that fits perfectly the season: "Eplepai". The name translates into "Apple Pie" in English, yet this speciality is rather a soft wettish cake than a shortcrust pastry-based dessert. 

This Scandinavian goodie is ridiculously simple and fast to put together, nonetheless it is far from being characterless, boring or bland gustatively speaking. The warm spices pair admirably with the sweet tartness of the fruits and the toasted almonds add a gorgeously nutty note to the whole. A luscious and morish treat that is sticky, extra moist, super smooth in texture, mighty gratifying and somehow reminds me of pudding. Heavenly!

I have freely adapted the recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas' marvelous and highly recommended bestseller "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book". I operated a few small changes to it as I believed it could be slightly improved (not that it really needed any enhancement, though). My version uses ground cardamom, vanilla extract and roasted almond sticks. An addition which doesn't alter the über-nordisk and preciously old-fashioned flavors of that succulent torte.

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~ Norwegian Apple Cake ~
Recipe adapted from
Beatrice Ojakangas' "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book".

Ingredients:
1 Egg (63g)
2 Tbs Milk
3/4 Cup (158g) Castor sugar
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 Tsp Baking powder
1/3 Tsp Fine sea salt
1 Tsp Ground cinnamon
1/3 Tsp Ground cardamom
1 Cup + 2 Tbs (158g) All-purpose flour
1/2 Chopped almonds/or almond sticks (50g), toasted
3 Medium-sized tart apples

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F), line a 18cm (7-inch) springform cake pan with baking paper and then butter it.
2. Peal, core, and dice the apples.

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3. Stir all the ingredients together (the mixture will be similar to that of muffins).
4. Spread into the pan.
5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. After 1 minutes, run delicately a knife along the side of cake to loosen, then remove from the side of springform pan.
7. Place a cooling rack upside down over the cake. Turn rack and cake over. Remove the bottom as well as the baking paper of the springform pan. Place back on the rack.
8. Cool completely before serving.

Comments:
I used Belle de Boskoop apples (my favorite eating and baking apple) for this cake, but Bramley, Reine Des Reinettes, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gravenstein apples, etc... are also ok.

Serving suggestions:
Cut into wedges and serve with either sweetened whipped cream, sweetened thick yogurt or ice cream.

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Apple Cake 13 bis~ Gâteau Norvégien Aux Pommes ~
Recette adaptée du livre "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book" de Béatrice Ojakangas.

Ingrédients:
1 Oeuf (63g)
2 CS de Lait
158g
de Sucre cristallisé
1 CC d'Extrait de
vanille pure
1 CC de Poudre à lever/pâte
1/3 de CC de Sel de mer fin
1 CC de Cannelle en poudre
1/3 CC de Cardamome en poudre
158g de Farine
50g
d'Amandes hachées, torréfiées
3
Pommes (moyennes) acidulées

Méthode:

1. Préchauffer le four à 180 ° C (350 ° F), recouvrir le fond d'un moule à charnière de 18cm avec du papier sulfurisé et le beurrer.
2. Peler les pommes, les nettoyer et les couper en dés.


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3. Mélanger tous les ingrédients ensemble (le mélange sera épais, mais tout de même légèrement coulant, comme une pâte à muffin).
4. Étaler la pâte dans le moule.

5. Cuire au four pendant 50-60 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que le cake soit doré et qu'un cure-dent inséré au centre en ressorte propre.
6. Dix minutes après avoir sorti le cake du four, passer un couteau le long des côtés du gâteau, puis déserrer et retirer le moule à charnière.
7. Enlever le fond du moule ainsi que le papier sulfurisé.
8. Laisser refroidir complètement avant de servir.

Commentaires:
J'ai utilisé des pommes Boskoop (mes pommes à manger et à cuire préférées) pour ce gâteau, mais les pommes reine des reinettes, braeburn, granny smith, gravenstein, etc .. feront également l'affaire.

Idées de présentation:
Couper en tranches et servir soit avec la crème chantilly, du yaourt grecque sucré ou de la glace.


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180 comments:

  1. Scrumptious! Absolutely scrumptious!

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  2. Looks and sounds delicious. The back of my semolina box has a similar recipe but it uses a mixture of flour and semolina. I tried a modified version and it was simple and awesome. I imagine your recipe would be incredible as well.

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  3. WOW! Beautiful photos Rosa! I love the one with the bench!

    The cake looks very yummie!

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  4. Rosa, the design is absolutely stunning! I love the new look! And the apple cake looks delicious. I have that same cookbook. I've not made anything from it yet.

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  5. il est tout simplement magnifique ce gâteau, avec des pommes c'est toujours winner :)
    je note la recette pour essayer ta recette au plus vite :)

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  6. Hi Rosa,
    How I understand your text about blogging and being slaving in front of the computer. Like you said its very rewarding but also very hard work and time consuming and we are not always in the mood for it and feeling guilty about it which we shouldn't be because blogging is supposed to be pleasurable and guilty free...well, now talking about your cake. It looks so scrumptious and delicious that I'm going to try your recipe tomorrow.
    Cheers and hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Lia.

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  7. OMG, this looks delicious! Wish I could get some now.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. J'aime tout! le blog, le gateau, les photos !! bravo Rosa! c'est magnifique!

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  9. Totally enamored by this cake. You know my love for all things Norwegian ;o). I have a lovely recipe for Eplepai too and have not gotten around to posting it as yet! Love how rich and dense this looks! Wonderful!

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  10. Beutiful post! I can completely relate to you... Blogging is HARD work.
    This cake looks absolutely stunning!

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  11. Hmmmm I love apple cake! Looks delicious thanks for shaing your recipe and beautiful photos :)

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  12. J'adore ta nouvelle présentation de blog! C'est vraiment mignon! J'aime surtout ce super gâteau aux pommes que je vais aussi certainement tester bientôt!

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  13. C'est drôle, c'est le même mot en anglais et en norvégien. Tu as rajouté de fines tranches de pommes sur le dessus, cela rend ton gâteau encore plus gourmand.

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  14. I have to say I felt a little thrill when I saw your post on my reader this morning... loved to see you back!

    and this post is awesome. No other way to put it.

    I would like to make this cake right now if I could... the photos, your text, everything is superb

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  15. I like the new look Rosa. The apple cake sounds wonderful.

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  16. You're so right, Rosa. Blogging truly is a delicate balancing act between stress and joy. Let me say though that you were truly missed during your absence and I'm glad to see you back!

    The cake is stunning.

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  17. mpressive all the photos and recipe.

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  18. un gâteau très épais et gourmand comme j'aime !

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  19. Looks so tender and delicious. I love these types of cakes, apple cake is something I make all the time. It is so satisfying and simple!

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  20. It seems everyone bakes apple cakes now ;-)
    Of course yours looks luscious and the photos are as usually breathtaking.
    I have two or three Scandinavian cookery books and it seems they bake a lot with apples.

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  21. I'm speechless... not only is your blog's new look AMAZING, but this apple torte sounds fantastic! Great to know you are back! Funny... today I read a post from a blogger that hadn't posted for more than a year and now is back (was still on my list), good things never change :o)

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  22. Your photos are such a treat.. Larger than life.. every inch perfection.
    I hope you find peace again soon..
    I love that feeling and when it goes away..we crave it.

    Thank you for the recipe also..the cake looks great!

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  23. Rosa, the blog looks great! Did you do it all by yourself? I have a blog that I use to learn how to change things around but I am a little scared of changing my blog and lose everything. I don't have a budget to hire someone. Would you please let me know if this change was your doing? I need to learn too.

    I love the fall photos, I need to get out with the camera before it is too late.

    I feel the same pressure with the blog, I am trying to build up traffic and an audience, but it is so hard. I feel too that it is a full time job. I am not working now, I can't even imagine what will happen to my blog if I start working again.

    Welcome back!

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  24. Un gâteau extra aux pommes, je les adore, pommes ou poires sont mes préférés car pas secs. Toujours des photos à tomber (lo), ta pomme, on dirai une peinture d'un peintre qui m'est cher. http://www.patricklodwitz.odexpo.com/galerie.asp.Ce n'est qu'un aperçu..!

    Bisous

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  25. Hmm, your apple cake looks so moist and scrumptious!

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  26. Pilar. Cook and Spoon3:56 PM, November 11, 2011

    Although it is first time to comment on your blog I have been folllowing you for some time and I have to say that I understand you when you talk about been a "slave" of the blog. I have the same thought sometimes. Your blog's new look is nice, your pictures are beautiful and the cake is... simply delicious.

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  27. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling refreshed, Rosa! And I completely understand the pressures that come with blogging (I feel guilty if I don't post something at least twice a week). But readers are patient, kind and understanding. :)

    Your apple cake looks divine!

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  28. L'ajout de cardamome doit rendre ce gâteau des plus délicieux!

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  29. wonderful photos and cake, ciao!!!

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  30. Not only the photos are amazing, but they tell a wonderful story from your lens :)

    You were truly missed and glad you are back - don't stress out on blogging. It should be joy and not obligation :)

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  31. Je craque totalement devant un tel gâteau et tes superbes photos, comme d'hab, même s'il y a longtemps que je ne suis pas venue te le dire ;-)Bises

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  32. Your post, photos and cake are absolutely gorgeous!!

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  33. absolutely scrumptious !! stunning pics...love the new look :)

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  34. Looking nice in here, I almost missed that your header was changed! That will take time to get used to my dear. LOVEly cake.

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  35. A chaque fois que je viens, et même si je ne laisse pas toujours un commentaire ( sorry ), je suis en extase devant tes photos. Tout est beau et on n'a qu'une envie...prendre un bout de ton gâteau ...se dire que c'est un long week-end...et que la vie est belle....Bonne fin de journée Rosa !!!!

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  36. Wow,wow et rewow!! Tu es totalement hallucinante me belle Rosa!! C'est trop,trop magnifique:)

    Bo vendredi ma charmante Copinaute xx

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  37. the apple cake looks so good and i love the photos. they are stunning!

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  38. Très beau gâteau, gourmand, belle épaisseur, plein de choses que j'aime dedans, merci pour la recette !

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  39. Welcome back Rosa--your blog is beautiful!!I know how you feel. I can relate.
    I will try to make the apple cake for Thanksgiving--I was planning apple pie--but this is wonderful. Love & Hugs, Melanie

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  40. I love your new header, Rosa. I've been a bit MIA as well, so I completely understand what you mean. A staycation is definitely needed once in a while! That apple cake looks divine. I really wouldn't mind a slice right now. :)

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  41. moi aussi j'aime le nouveau blog, ce gâteau qui a l'air délicieux !!! et aux pommes ????? merveille qui va donc plaire chez moi avant de goûter...
    bises Rosa et félicitations !

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  42. I am thrilled to discover this stunning apple cake; I have been thinking of making an apple cake and this one is so beautiful and with such economy of ingredients to make it so approachable. Glad you took a break and recharged your batteries, we all need this; luckily you live in an area where nature surrounds you.

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  43. It is a delectable cake! It looks very YUMMY, as your blog. Beautiful pictures, Rosa.
    Hugs

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  44. La pomme est magnifique !!
    Je te souhaite une belle soirée
    Valérie

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  45. it's not good to think of your blog as a job. you deserve a break if you are thinking so!

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  46. Well, Rosa, I wouldn't mind having, at least, some of your energy, even at your most exhausting state.
    But, you're right about blogging, it is a full-time job.
    Which would explain why I'm such a slacker:)
    I hope you'll steer clear of anything that is causing you stress, and get back to doing the things you enjoy most in life.


    I love your cake's golden top and the fact that it's filled to capacity with apples, makes it the perfect autumn treat!

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  47. Oh Rosa how beautiful all is. I know what you feel and I am thinking of the 400+ e-mails I have yet to read and feel a break is needed.

    I want a bite of that lovelynapple and the cake too.

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  48. Rosa, you deserve a good break! It's great to be refreshed after and back into the blogging scene. I love this recipe of yours, just wish we could have it over a cup of tea at your balcony!

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  49. Le nouveau design est vraiment sympa, ça change ! Et ce petit gâteau m'a l'air délicieux, je ne connaissais pas !
    Bises !
    Delphine

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  50. C'est génial, bon, je reçois le raceta, je vais faire très bientôt, j'aime les tartes aux pommes. bisous

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  51. Love the new look of your blog Rosa..very nice!
    Apple cake is my classic winter fav...beautiful pictures of the cake..would have really loved a slice :)

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  52. I wish I had you Knowledge and your talent for picture. Because as I said earlier, I did it for tonight. It just came out of the oven, I tried to picture it... failure! ;-)
    But it tastes like nirvana!
    Thank you!

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  53. I feel like I can almost smell the aroma of that apple cake. It's spectacular looking. And heck, never apologize for wanting to be as lazy as a maggot. We all need that sometimes. ;)

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  54. Beautiful cake and photos! I will be sure to try this.

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  55. I agree with you that this hobby can turn stressful and we need a break now and then. I'm glad to see you back full of such positive energy and delicious recipes. I could use a slice of this cake with my coffee right about now :)

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  56. Blogging can be a "job" sometimes but I know what you mean when you can't stray from your baby. This cake looks great I've been looking for something to do with this surplus of apples that I have.

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  57. It is so nice to see you back.I think you don't even have to tell us about break that you need from blogging;)Lets face it we all have other commitments and it is not always party in our kitchen.However when someone brings a yummy recipe for such a scrumptious cake like yours here..it can be;)Welcome back:)

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  58. Welcome back from your holidays. It is an addicting labour of love that not all of your friends and family understand........... Still, I love these new pictures and the apple cake looks devine

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  59. Einen Blog mit soviel Enthusiasmus und Perfektion zu betreiben, fordert viel. Deshalb sind Pausen wichtig.
    Liebe Grüsse

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  60. Magnifique Gâteau. J'aime beaucoup ta nouvelle vitrine ;-)

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  61. Très beau billet et très beau gâteau Rosa.
    Je comprends que tu puisses parfois être fatiguée à cause de ton "bébé" car il est sacrément en demande et tu es une mère plus que soucieuse d'en faire le plus beau bébé qui soit! De mon point de vue, tu y parviens formidablement bien, tu es une des meilleures blogueuses qui soient, avec un vrai contenu, une esthétique bien à toi et des billets superbes et denses.
    Bises et bon week-end Rosa!
    Flo

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  62. I think that most food bloggers find themselves in this situation, sooner or later. I know I have, more than once. I adore food and all things related to it, I take pride and joy in my blog and photography, but there are times when it just becomes overwhelming. The best thing to do then is take a little break. I see it has helped you and I'm glad you're back, fresh and inspired. I love the cake, in fact I think I'm going to bake it today! Thanks for the lovely recipe.

    Best wishes,
    Monika

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  63. You came back with a bang, Rosa. I love the new layout....very elegant! And your photos are beautiful. Those trees! That cake! What a delight. You've outdone yourself.

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  64. I like the new layout too :) And you've definitely outdone yourself - the photos look so crazy good, even better than usual!

    Glad that you took a break, and don't ever feel enslaved to your baby - your blog's supposed to be fun :D (though I understand your pain since I'm a perfectionist too)

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  65. I am seeking out that perfect apple cake since I have a ton of apples given to me by patients recently. This one fits the bill.

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  66. Très appétissant ce gâteau, il semble très très gourmand !!! Il faut que je le teste vite...

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  67. Tes photos sont à tomber comme toujours! Je suis complètement sous le charme!
    Bises

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  68. J'aime beaucoup le nouveau thème de ton blog.
    J'ai aussi envie de changer le mien mais je n'ai pas encore trouvé le bon thème. Et comme je suis nulle en CSS, j'attends sagement que Wordpress en propose un qui me convienne.
    Bon week-end.
    verO

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  69. ♡°
    º✿
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    O bolo de maçã é uma delícia mesmo!
    Que paisagens lindas!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil
    ♥♡

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  70. Sublime gâteau!!!!
    Bises. Marina

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  71. meraviglia le tue foto, un dolce sublime :-)

    Bises

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  72. This looks absolutely delicious....
    Beautiful Cake....

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  73. What a delicious looking cake....
    This is my 2nd comment here, I dont know whether my first comment was accepted by the blogger, anyways...
    This looks absolutely good.

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  74. superbe ce gateau, j'aime bien l'idée de la cardamome avec les pommes.
    très jolie balade :-)

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  75. What a great looking pie... and the fall pictures are amazing too! I'm trying to take as many as I can myself... this is the best fall I've seen in a long time!

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  76. I think your photos get more and more beautiful Rosa! Thanks so much for all the effort and time you put into this blog; I know how hard it is to be so dedicated. Well, you know my weakness for things Scandinavian and I simply have to bake this next week because it looks and sounds incredible. Will let you know how I get on :-)

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  77. Rosa, what a lovely post with your vacation photos intermingled with a totally amazing apple cake! Thanks for sharing.

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  78. Dear Rosa, you know what a big fan and admirer of your work. I know the time, effort, creativity and energy that goes into to blogging and each of your post is a stellar contribution.

    Taking breaks are important as not only the energies are recharged but so too is the creativity. I don't think that any of us who follow, read and enjoy your offerings would begrudge you some time away from your blog.

    Thanks for all the hard work you do.

    Love and hugs

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  79. What a wonderful post... and I completely understand. Your site is lovely and crisp, just like apples ;) I'm going to make this fir Thanksgiving- it sounds FAB!

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  80. Un gâteau qui donne envie de le déguster sur ce banc en regardant ce canal se perdre au loin.

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  81. Rosa, I love this cake, and I can't wait for tomorrow to make it. You've worked hard on your blog and believe me it shows. Taking a break is essential, look at how yummy this post is, I was scanning the pictures with my eyes wide open :)
    I look forward to more of your posts.

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  82. lovely cake and witty well written as always

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  83. Fabulous! Le gâteau me donne l'eau à la bouche, et les cliqhés sont superbes. La nouvelle bannière du blog également! Un vrai coup d'air frais par ici! ^^

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  84. Rosa- I love your new 'look' but I don't think your blog looked stale at all. the photos are always top notch, as well as the photos.

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  85. I like the sound of eplepie! I love the look of it even more! So delightfully rustic looking and packed with juicy apples...great recipe!

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  86. ce gateau est absolument divinement tentant...comme tes photos

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  87. Welcome back Rosa! And I knew you'd be busy but you're entitled to relax too! :)

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  88. miammmmmmmm miammmm un vrai régal !!!

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  89. Welcome back Rosa! First of all, I'm really happy to hear you reenergized yourself and come back with this beautiful post. While reading I could relate to your feelings and I feel I need a break too (hehee). My vacation is coming up, so I'm just looking forward to the day. :-) I love this apple cake. Not just beautiful but I'd love to eat a big piece...I'm really happy for you. :-)

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  90. zuttttt tu remues le couteau dans la plaie !!!! ici sniffff impossible de trouver des boskoops dommage, une pomme que j'adore et qui sert à tout !!!

    bisous à toi, bonne journée gourmande

    virginie

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  91. welcome back Rosa!! I kind of understand how you feel about that addiction. It is isn't it? Always thinking of the next post to write but I love it and I also think your new blog design looks great!

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  92. This might persuade my husband to eat apple cakes! Beautiful photos with sensational colours.

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  93. that's an awesome recipe n wow.....those clicks are just so beautiful !

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  94. Stunning apple cake! Absolutely beautiful in its golden rustic nature. Thanks for sharing! Bookmarking this one :)

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  95. J'adore cetet recette, tout ce que j'aime. Et que tes photos d'automne sont belles!

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  96. Rosa what lovely and georgeous pics and delicious recipe , amazing!! gloria

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  97. J'aime bien ta nouvelle bannière, tu as mis la sachertorte ;-)
    Elle m'intimide toujours un peu, par contre ce norwegian cake, je vais le tenter très vite!

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  99. Ohhh so lovely! I'm not a baker so I wouldn't mind if you shared me a bit :)

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  100. Un joli gâteau aux pommes aux saveurs subtiles, merveilleux !! Bonne semaine, bises

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  102. Not sure what's more striking - the photos of Switzerland or the apple cake

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  103. I love the new design! :) This applecake is beautiful and definitely reminds me of some I have had in Norway! I bet with so little flour, I could make a gluten free version!

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  104. beautiful pics, I'm trying to persuade hubby that we need to come to Norway to see the Northern lights in 2013 (next trip over to EU)

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  105. Hi Rosa,
    Made the cake and it was a big success here at home. It is in my blog if you want to see how it ended :)))!!
    Cheers and thanks for sharing the recipe,
    Lia.

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  106. Absolutely beautiful photos!!! That cake looks amazing!

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  107. Beautiful apple cake and stunning pics

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  108. Rosa, you are really recharged...love your new look, indeed very elegant and the pictures are just stunning...both the landscapes and the gateau…
    The apple cake is just perfect with almond and cardamon...yum yum.
    Hope you are having a nice week...and welcome back :-)

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  109. Beautiful and so perfect! What a wonderful treat.I could gobble at least 3 big slices in one go:)

    USMasala

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  110. This cake is an absolute beauty...delicious!

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  111. Wow, what a stunning series of photos. You definitely are a perfectionist, and we all get to reap the rewards! Thank you. The cake looks amazing too.

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  112. So splendid! A lot of work but worth it. Bravissima! I am following you immediately, I love your recipes. The pictures are splendid! Makes me want to go to Switzerland. Regards from a Sicilian in Rome!

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  113. I totally agree with you on this. At times you need to unplug and relax! The crispy crust and the layered filling is tempting!

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  114. That is one gorgeous apple cake Rosa!

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  115. I'm glad you are feeling restored, at least a bit. The new design is absolutely lovely. And you are so right about being back to tempt us with sinful recipes...

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  116. this cake is the one to die for being a huge fan of apples.

    loved the pic with blue mountains

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  117. Silly and snail-like is what I would need right about now.
    Your staycation sounds similar to my 'BalconVille'. LOL

    This cake (tweaks and all) looks sublime!

    Glad to get yo back Rosa ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  118. Questa torta è fantastica
    ciao

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  119. Totally in love with this cake. I love to learn about new cuisines and I've never really tried anything Norwegian before ;o). This looks like it's definitely worth a try!

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  120. Rosa: I like everything I see here: the new page look, the gateau, the photos, and also your new appreciation for your blog. I believe that you should blog only when and if you LOVE it... otherwise what's the point? I post only when I really feel like it... and it makes for a better quality experience for my readers too. I don't think that quantity pays off. Continue doing what you are doing: it's great.

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  121. What beautiful fall photos, and what a stunning cake! The sliced apples look delicious in it. So glad your break gave you the rest you needed!

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  122. This was one of those 'I have got to make this' stops for me...so glad I came by! Can NOT wait to give this a try. Lovely photos, Rosa.

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  123. I don't know what's more beautiful...the drool-worthy apple cake or the scenery. This post is pure eye candy.

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  124. Welcome back, Rosa. I absolutely agree with taking a break every now and again.

    It looks like you have returned with an even keener eye and spirit. Your cake is absolutely ravishing. Beatrice Ojakangas is a favorite Scandinavian author of mine and you have translated her cake beautifully.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    Your blog looks stunning!!!

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  125. So glad you're back, Rosa! :-) I love your wonderful photos. :-) I'm a huge fan of Skandinavian baking, and this cake looks fantastic. :-)

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  126. I love all apple cakes that don't include the use of fats, because I love that airy texture, a bit spongy, that makes it so perfect for a merenda in the afternoon, with a cup of tea...mmm, delish. Thanks for sharing, I am surely making it.

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  127. Your cake looks much more delicious than mine. Need to try this recipe next time:)

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  128. je craque littéralement
    merci pour ce delicieux partage
    bisous gourmands
    Delphine

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  129. Gorgeous photos, delicious sounding recipe. I am glad your staycation did you good. Hope all is well.

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  130. Une belle recette qui pourrait participer au concours de recettes de brunch sur CuisiCook.com! http://cuisicook.com/blog/2011/10/31/gagnez-un-des-5-livres-je-brunche-bio/

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  131. Hum... Il est très appétissant ce gâteau bien moelleux avec les pommes!!

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  132. Unbelievably beautiful pictures!!! The cake looks divine.

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  133. I go through the same emotions with my baby blog(s) all the time but I love it (them actually) and despite having the pressure to continue pushing good content, I wouldn't have it any other way. This cake looks phenomenal!!!

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  134. Love the photos and love the recipe. This cake/pie looks so delicious :).
    I am quite new to blogging, but I understand what you mean with words stress, lack of time, thinking ahead....It's getting to me too...But we are fighters...and after all we are doing something beautiful, something we in general like to do. Do you know what I mean? :)

    Good luck to you...

    Greetings,
    C&T

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  135. It does seem that breaks and short holidays can be altogether too short...glad you got to relax a bit.
    This cake looks amazing as do the beautiful images :)

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  136. The nature is amazing and the cake looks so delicious. have to try it some time. nice pics.

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  137. Glad that you took the time off to recharge. It was a well deserved break, Rosa. The spiced apple cake is truly a charming one. Just like those breathtaking countryside of Switzerland you shared here. We're happy to see you back, rejuvenated and regained fresh insight/ inspiration to share such a great post.

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  138. Je suis super content d'avoir découvert ton blog il est juste superbe, les photos sont éblouissantes et tes recettes comme ce gâteau aux pommes norvégien sont à tomber :)

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  139. Amazing shots!!! And I love the cake so much, it`s stunning, I`ll have to try it soon:)

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  140. Je découvre ton blog, tes photos sont absolument superbes !
    Je reviendrai, bon week-end.

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  141. OMG! This post is just gorgeousness! What splendid photographs and world so pretty that it looks unreal to me. I want to stare at those blue mountains and the falls leaves for ever. and I want a slice of that marvelous cake.

    (good that you are back and feeling better than before.. yes we are all enslaved :D )

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  142. I just discovered your blog from Almond Corner, so far, I really love it!!! I LOVE your food styling and admire the things you do in your blog. My blog pales compared to yours! Anyway, hope to get to know you more. And thanks for this recipe! I am soooo into Nordic cuisine now and am looking for interesting (but simple) recipes!

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  143. The photos on your blog are amazing! And this cake looks delicious!

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  144. I found your blog through Tasteologie. Wow this cake looks divine! I love apples. Being vegan I find this recipe so easy to modify to make a vegan cake:) I can't way to try:)

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  145. Hi Rosa, I wanted to let you know I just posted on another apple cake in this book and you were the inspiration, so I tagged you! Thanks for getting me to notice these recipes, again.

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  146. Hi Rosa..just discovered ur blog...loved the apple cake and wanted to bake it right away :-D but I had a doubt...u haven't used any butter or oil in this recipe...does the cake not require any oil? pls let me know...waiting to bake the cake asap :-)

    -Marlee

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  147. DEAR MARLEE,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, lraving a comment and for the kind words!
    This cake is really divine and it is fat-free (no butter or oil)! ;-) I hope you'll like it.
    Cheers,
    Rosa

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  148. I stumbled upon your picture and recipe on Pinterest. Ironically, I know Bea Ojakangas' recipes well!! I live an hour away from her!
    Teri

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  149. Thanks for the recipe.
    Just want to make sure before I attempt to bake this cake: NO FAT of any kind in this recipe at all (other than some for greasing the pan)?

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  150. Hi there! I made your cake 2 nights ago and made it vegan. My husband and I liked it so much especially the addition of almonds. YUM! Thanks! Merci!!

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  151. LENA: You are welcome! There is absolutely NO FAT in this recipe!!! ;-P I hope you'll like that cake...

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  152. Absolutely wonderful! great pics and delicious apple cake: looks so tasty and tender! I also like there's no butter needed.

    I've just discovered your site from Pinterest: nice to be here ;-)

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  153. I made this cake finally and it turned out SO delicious!!

    Do you mind if I post a photo (with a link and credits of course) on my blog?

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  154. I like this blog.Your blog is very interesting.

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  155. Hello, I'm thinking of trying it tonight but I'm concerned there is no butter or oil in the recipe. Is it a mistake? Thnx
    Kostas, Greece

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  156. GSUS:
    Thanks for passing by and for leaving a comment.

    It is not an error! ;-)

    Hope you'll like the cake.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  157. Would love to make this recipe, but am not quite sure how much FLOUR to use. Did you yourself use 158g flour or 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons? According to my calculations, these are not one and the same thing (158g is definitely more than one cup total). Thanks.

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  158. LENA: Thanks for the comment and for passing by. Sorry it was my error. In fact 158g flour equals 1 cup and 2 tbs flour. I hope you'll like this cake. Cheers.

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  159. hello, I was looking for this recipe for a quite long time, but I'm sespecious, that there is something wrong in the ingredients, because for a huge cake like this, we have 1 egg a 2 table spoon of milk???
    is this all the liquid we need for that recipe?
    some recipes add buttermilk??
    son can you check this out please.

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  160. GATEAU ALGERIEN:
    Thanks for the message and for visiting my blog. There is nothing wrong with the ingredients. The recipe is exactly the same as the one in my book... You don't need more liquid and I guess you could try using buttermilk if you wish. ;-)
    Cheers,
    Rosa

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  161. In ingriedients list (in english recipe) you forgot to write how much fat is in the cake.

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  162. ANONYMOUS: Thanks for the comment and for visiting my blog! This cake recipe uses no butter or fat... ;-) Cheers.

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  163. I must try this!! Looks yummy yums

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  164. DEEA: Thank you! I hope you'll like this delicious cake. :-)

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  165. Hi, I made this cake the other day and I must say it's one of the best apple desserts I have ever tried :) I wanted to post on your FB page but I couldn't... Here are some photos:
    https://scontent-b-vie.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1017409_10151957038693816_1067811848_n.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1236567_10151957038868816_1079869392_n.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/526917_10151957038758816_368758898_n.jpg
    Salute from Rijeka, Croatia! :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment and kind words! I am happy to hear that you liked this wonderful treat. Your cake looks marvelous. Great job! :-) Cheers, Rosa.

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  166. I just made this cake today and it is amazing!! I also made some whipped cream to go with it. I did worry about the amounts - I think it should say 1 large egg. My egg was rather small and it definitely was not enough. I added another small egg and another little splash of milk. I toasted the almond slivers which toasted way faster than I thought they would. It also cooked at just 50, maybe a few minutes less but that might be my oven. This was my first time baking with it so I'm not certain. Thanks a ton for sharing!! The cardamom made the recipe as well as the almonds. :)

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  167. Dear Rosa, I've just found your wonderful blog and I find it so inspiring. Thank you so much! Me and a friend of mine decided to make this magical apple cake but we are not sure about chopped almonds... the thing is that she thinks almonds should be sliced not chopped. Could you please tell us what kind of almonds did you use? I'm Nadia Noeva from Yakutsk (a city in Siberia).

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    1. Dear Nadia,
      Thank you for the kind words and for visiting my blog! I'm happy to hear that you like my work.
      Almonds can be both sliced or chopped, but in this very recipe, they are chopped. I used blanched slivered almonds which I chopped coarsely ;-)
      I hope that helps.
      Cheers,
      Rosa

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    2. Thank you so much dearest Rosa! ))) Now we are almost set to get together and make it! ))) I think we'll be able to find all the ingredients. The only thing we are waiting for is the right weather ))) now it is too cold and foggy so we'll wait until it gets sunny and no fog conditions... hopefully in February we will have the right weather )))

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    3. You are welcome, Nadia! I hope you'll like that cake. It is a classic at my place... Cheers.

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  168. Bumped into this via Pinterest - looked just perfect for our birthday boy, who is crazy about apple pies & cakes. I just made it, but the dough seems very dry? I wonder if the amount of milk is correct or should there be melted butter (that is forgotten from the listing)? Did you mix the apples also into the dough or just layered them on the top?

    Cheers, Jonna (fra Finland)

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    1. Dear Jonna,
      Thank you for your comment and for visiting my blog!
      I'm so sorry to hear that your cake didn't turn out right...
      The amount of milk is correct as the egg and apples (mixed into the batter - I have just topped the cake with some extra apples for decoration's sake) bring moisture to this butterless cake. The batter is supposed to by quite thick (similar to that of muffins).
      Cheers,
      Rosa

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