Now that the weather starts to be cooler and consequently turning on the oven is more appealing (I don't know about you, but here in Turin Friday I was wearing shorts and sandals, while yesterday I wore jeans, sweatshirt and shoes… sudden changes, uh. Let me say it: there are no more middle seasons!), I can finally start the endless series of breakfast sweets.
Oh, yeah, I'm a strenuous supporter of the do-it-yourself breakfast, which doesn't include silicone and wooden planks, but a series of delicacies, from cookies to muffins, from tarts to mini pies, passing through plum cakes and pantry cakes. Well, cold and dark times have some advantages, too!
So, to start a series of breakfast-friendly recipes, here it is: a simple apple and yogurt cake, an almost banal recipe (as in "recipes you could find on the back of flour packages"), but its result is rustic to the right point and everyone would agree with it, at breakfast or not.
Ingredients (for a 24 cm cake)
* 3 apples
* 125 g natural yogurt
* 250 g sugar (plus two tablespoons)
* 3 eggs
* 250 g all-purpose flour
* 16 g baking powder (or 250 g of self raising flour, without adding more baking powder)
* 8 g vanillin (optional)
* grated rind of an organic lemon
* some butter (to grease and garnish)
Peel the apples and cut two of them into small pieces and the last one in regular slices to garnish (if you prefer having sliced apples inside, too, then slice them all).
Preheat oven to 356°F (180° C).
Beat yogurt with sugar and eggs, then add flour, baking powder (or self raising flour), pieces (or slices) of two apples (I flour theme, to prevent them from falling to the bottom of the mixture during cooking), vanillin (if you like it) and the lemon rind.
Grease and flour a baking pan and pour in the mixture. Then cover with the slices from the last apple arranged in a concentric pattern (or as you wish). Then sprinkle with two tablespoons of sugar and put some butter curls.
Bake in preheated oven for about an hour (make sure that apples don't burn and do the "toothpick test" for the cooking).