Apple Torte

December 2, 2010

‘Apple Torte’… it sounds far more elegant and delicate than ‘Apple Cake’, doesn’t it? While fundamentally related (they are both, in fact, a cake), the nuances are forever evident.

A torte is the stylish sibling. She travels, wears Dior and enjoys the finer things in life. She doesn’t care so much for flour…too many carbs. A cake, on the other hand, is the homely sibling – the one who never ventures far as she feels happiest when at home, caring for loved ones and spending her evenings sitting and reading by the fire. Flour is her friend, over the years it has helped her bake bread, cakes and all sorts of other wholesome goodies.

I adore both tortes and cakes, I don’t tend to play favourites in this respect – I leave that for my vegetables. However, I do love how tortes tend to be a bit lighter and don’t sit so heavy after a slice. I also feel that tortes often bestow a more delicate and refined flavour on my hungry palate.

Earlier in the year, I saw a recipe for an Apple, Fruit and Nut Torte on one of my favourite blogs, Greedy Gourmand. I had it bookmarked to make, as I was drawn in by Chanel’s mouth-watering pictures and her ever beautifully written description. I knew it was one I had to try for myself. And so I did.

What I love about this particular torte is that it somehow generously presents the eater with the goodness of both a torte and a traditional cake. Just a little flour, not too much, while the eggs, butter and sugar create a graceful, custard-like consistency. Along with the soft, sliced apple and the fragrant, crunchy nuts, this torte is pure bliss. It is luxurious yet homely, delicate yet comforting, and both charismatic and warm. The kind of girl you’d take home to meet your parents and hope to marry one day – she has it all 😉

I adored this torte. As did my brother, Jackson, and Ben – you see, guys love a torte/cake/girl who is both elegant and yet down-to-earth. Ben especially loved it, due to the soft, custard-like texture, which particularly appeals to his taste. Last night the three of us went out for pho, and I received yet another request from them both to make this torte again. I don’t think I could possibly make it soon enough, but I will try.

Heidi xo

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17 Comments

  • Reply Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

    What an elegant torte indeed 🙂 I love the addition of nuts too! And that serving plate is gorgeous!!

  • Reply Chanel11 December 2, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Awwwww man – you made me blush – thanks girl! And you really did that cake justice – it looks as yummy as it is, I've taken that torte home to mamma, and pappa as well as friends and family, it really is a sure-thing.

  • Reply Heidi December 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Lisa – thank you! It's my mum's plate. I used her oven for this. The hazelnuts just lovely.

    Chanel – you're welcome! Although I don't think I expressed how fabulous your blog is – such an inspiration.

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Hannah December 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Ohhhhh! How did I miss that on GG?? It looks like exactly my kind of dessert, seeing as I actually do find nomral cakes homely and boring 😉 Thank you for leading me to this recipe, Heidi!

  • Reply Michelle Chin December 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I never had torte before. The way you describe it entices me tastebuds!

  • Reply laurak December 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    This post made me chuckle, I love the way you write Heidi!
    'Torte' definitely conjures up a more refined picture in my head!
    I love the way you can see decent chunks of apple in the mixture..there's nothing worse than any kind of fruity dessert where there's nary a sighting of the key ingredient to be found on the plate!
    Laura 🙂

  • Reply Anna Johnston December 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Oh yes, I couldn't agree more. A Torte is the sophisticate who isn't just a nice little morsel with a snippet of comfort food feeling attached to it, a Torte demands admiration, closer inspection & at least a few owhhhs & aaahhs before being devoured. Nice post & awesome pic too lovely.

  • Reply Heidi December 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Hannah – you're welcome! This is anything but boring 🙂

    Michelle – you must get your torte on, they're delicious!

    Laura – thank you! and I so agree, I like my fruit desserts to have a decent, proper serve of fruit.

    Anna – exactly 🙂 thank you, Anna – nice to see we're on the same torte wavelength.

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Indie.Tea December 4, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Or gateau pomme? That could be a fancier name for apple cake…
    Either way, your cake looks delicious. Fruit desserts are my type of food.

  • Reply The InTolerant Chef December 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

    This is definately more upmarket than a cake. A cake is something you get from the C.W.A, a torte is something you get from Adriano Zumba!

  • Reply Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets December 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I love that blog, too, and your apple torte turned out gorgeous!

  • Reply Heidi December 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Indie.Tea – yes, a gateau pomme sounds delightfully classy 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – indeed, perfectly explained!

    Xiaolu – thank you, I was very pleased with it 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Carly Findlay December 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I love cake, and a fruity cake (not Christmas cake) is my favourite. I especially love apple cake.
    This torte looks amazing 🙂

  • Reply Amy @ cookbookmaniac December 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    love it. the pics for this cake made me smile. looks delicious!

  • Reply Heidi December 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Carly – you would love this one then! Very fruity – full of apple.

    Amy – I'm so happy to hear that 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Lisa January 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I finally got around to making this, so delicious. I brought it into work and 5 people have eaten the whole cake, in one day! I even had to add it to my blog so the wonder if this cake can be shared further.

  • Reply Heidi January 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I am so pleased to hear that, Lisa!! It is a real winner, this recipe 🙂
    Heidi xo

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