Monday, September 24, 2012

automne lavande

Tomber isn't Tomber without bundles of  treasured lavande. I love using the fat faisceaux in my fall décoration. It brings a warm expressif touch to every chambre. Not to mention its lovely perfume that gently infuses my espace.

I'm having thoughts of warm pumpkin pain pulled from a hot oven and cinnamon crusted produits de boulangerie as well.

J'aime l'automne!
The simple joys of the season chéri and honored. A toast to fall!

This is a busy time for Fussy Frenchs' big sister, Bittersweet.
We're la création d' new savons in yummy toasty warm parfums like fenouil et d'orange. We're  inaugurant in the season with soft music and cool crisp dewy mornings. Little drips of dew line the potted rosemary and lavender plantes.
How do you welcome Automne? I know it's soulful and sweet.

Ayez un beau jour


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

gâteau aux pommes

I love automne!
The air is croustillant and the outdoor temperature is divin.
Since I'm méditant thoughts of fall it seemed only naturel to share a wonderful fall recette with my readers.


French Apple Cake
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan
and shared by Apricosa
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 cups apples (I recommend Fuji, golden delicious, Gala, or Pippin)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
3/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Using some of the melted butter, brush the inside of an 8-inch spring form pan and place it on a baking sheet.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in small bowl and set aside.

Peel the apples, cut them in half and remove the cores. Slice the apples or cut into 1- to 2-inch chunks.  (Note: the larger your apples, the fewer you will have to peel!  And, the smaller your chunks, the less fragmented your cake will be when you cut into it to serve it.)

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk or electric mixer until they are foamy. Add the sugar, rum, vanilla, cardamom, and lemon zest and whisk to blend.  Add in half the flour and when it is incorporated, add half the melted butter, followed by the rest of the flour and the remaining butter, mixing gently after each addition so that you have a smooth batter. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the apples, turning the fruit so that it's coated with batter. Scrape the mix into the pan and smooth out the top with the spatula.

Place the cake on a baking sheet and position it on the center rack of the preheated oven.  Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let rest for 5 minutes.

Carefully run a thin knife around the edges of the cake to loosen and then open and remove the sides of the springform pan.  Allow the cake to cool until it is just slightly warm or at room temperature. If you want to remove the cake from the bottom of the springform pan, wait until the cake is almost cooled, then run a long spatula between the cake and the pan, cover the top of the cake with a piece of parchment or wax paper, and invert it onto a rack. Carefully remove the bottom of the pan and turn the cake over onto a serving dish.

Delicious when served warm or at room temperature, with a vanilla sauce, ice cream, or creme chantilly.
Ayez un beau jour