Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake
 
Number of Servings:
6

INGREDIENTS

1
cup (250 ml)
sugar
3
apples
1
tbsp (20 ml)
lemon juice
1/2
cup (130 ml)
unsalted butter, softened
1/3
cup (80 ml)
brown sugar, packed
2
eggs
1
tsp (10 ml)
vanilla
1 3/4
cup (440 ml)
all-purpose flour
1 1/2
tsp (10 ml)
baking powder
1/2
tsp (0 ml)
baking soda
1
tsp (10 ml)
ground cinnamon
3/4
cup (190 ml)
milk
1 1/2
cup (380 ml)
whipping cream (for Maple Whiskey Cream Sauce)
1/4
cup (60 ml)
maple syrup (for Maple Whiskey Cream Sauce)
1/4
cup (60 ml)
Sortilege Maple Syrup Whiskey (for Maple Whiskey Cream Sauce)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 F (180 C). Prepare six 4-in (10 cm) round ramekins (or one, 1 cup (250 ml) ramekin) by lightly oiling with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Set aside. In heavy-bottom saucepan, stir ¾ cup (175 ml) sugar with water over medium heat until dissolved. Bring to a boil without stirring and boil until mixture is amber in colour (caramelized), 6 to 8 minutes. Immediately pour into prepared ramekins.
  2. Peel, core and slice apples thinly, then soak in lemon juice to prevent discolouration. Arrange, overlapping, over caramel. In large bowl, beat butter with ⅓ cup (75 ml) sugar until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir dry mixture into butter mixture, alternating with milk, making three additions of dry ingredients and two of milk. Add batter to ramekins with a spoon, not disturbing apple slices.
  3. Fill ¾ full and tap down ramekins on counter to remove bubbles. Place ramekins on cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Make Maple Whisky Cream Sauce.
  4. When cakes are done, remove from oven and let stand on rack for 5 minutes. Run a knife along edges to loosen from dish. Place a plate over cake, then flip to invert. Let stand for 5 minutes before gently lifting off ramekins. Scrape out any apples left in, if any, and arrange on top of cake. Serve with Maple Whiskey Cream Sauce (recipe follows).
  5. For Maple Whisky Cream Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. If a thicker consistency is desired, simmer 5 to 10 minutes more. Serve hot, warm or cold.