Golden Fig Fine Foods

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

  • 1 1/2 C sugar, divided
  • 4 Tb butter, plus 1 stick and 6 Tb, cut into 1/2″ cubes and chilled
  • Zest of 1 lemon, divided
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tsp vanilla bean paste, divided
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1-2 baking apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 C whole milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tspĀ Apple Pie Spice
  • Freshly whipped cream and toasted pecans, for serving
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Heat 1 C of the sugar, 4 Tb butter, 1/2 of the lemon zest and juice, 2 tsp vanilla bean paste, and 1/4 tsp salt in a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook until sugar melts, and is slightly caramelized (about 6 minutes).
  3. Carefully arrange apple slices on top of caramel and turn off heat.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining sugar and salt, flour, apple pie spice, and baking powder. Add remaining butter, and using your fingers, rub into flour mixture to form coarse pea-sized pieces.
  5. Add milk, 2 tsp vanilla bean paste, and remaining lemon zest and gently stir until a soft, sticky dough forms. If dough is a little dry, add an extra splash of milk.
  6. Place pieces of dough over the hot apple/caramel mixture, trying to cover the entire surface. If a few spots are open, the dough will rise and fill in any gaps. Bake until the cake is golden and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove skillet from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Place a large, flat serving platter on top of the skillet and invert quickly and carefully.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature, with a sprinkle of toasted pecans and a dollop of softly whipped cream. It’s also just as delicious un-garnished!

*As seen on Twin Cities Live September 11, 2017

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