Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Italian Apple Cake
Confession/Disclaimer: I’m a successful lifetime Weight Watcher who likes to bake. While I sometimes enjoy baking up lighter, healthier desserts, more often than not, I find it easier and tastier to skip any attempts at shaving calories and points, opting to enjoy a smaller piece of the real deal instead. Since adopting this common-sense, all things in moderation philosophy of my maternal grandmother, I’ve come much closer to achieving the happy-healthy-balanced life I’ve always craved.
Every autumn I get a craving for apple cake. I began making my Mom’s fresh apple cake recipe back in college. And it is still the recipe by which I measure all others.
The Skinny on Italian Apple Cake
This year when the craving struck I decided, once again, to bake something different – Italian Apple Cake from Cortina d’Ampezzo, a recipe from Great Italian Desserts by Nick Malgieri. While the title sounds fancy, this apple cake epitomizes plain & simple, which is just what I was looking for.
Here in our little old lakeside cabin in the woods, my pantry is stocked with only the most basic of ingredients and I had everything I needed on hand to make it.
We finished off what was left of our apple cake this morning for breakfast. Warmed for 20 seconds in the microwave, accompanied by a big dollop of plain Greek yogurt and drizzle of maple syrup it was a luscious way to start the day.
As I sat savoring each morsel, along with a steaming mug of coffee, it dawned on me that I’ve often had muffins and pancakes for breakfast that were much sweeter and more decadent than this simple cake.
According to Weight Watchers Recipe Builder each slice has 9 SmartPoints. Enjoy!
Here’s another Italian Apple Cake Recipe from Italian Chef Deborah Dal Fovo for her Nonna’s Homemade Italian Apple Cake. Made with thinly sliced apples both within and atop the cake, it is the version I plan to try next…
This quickly prepared apple cake is typical of the simple and flavorful desserts of this mountain region. Use a firm, tart apple, such as Granny Smith, Pippins or Northern Spies are excellent also, if you can find them.
- 8 tablespoons butter (I used salted)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Pinch salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 large tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment or wax paper. Set it aside.
In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and salt until soft and light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Combine the flour and baking powder and sift once. Stir the flour mixture into the butter, sugar, egg mixture, just until it's blended.
Spread the batter evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan.
Peel, halve and core the apples. Cut each half into 3 or 4 wedges and arrange the wedges on their sides, overlapping them slightly, on the batter, about 1/2 inch from the sides of the pan. Fill in the center with more apple wedges, fanning them out from the center. Sprinkle with the sugar, then the cinnamon.
Bake the cake/torta in the middle level of a preheated 30 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until the apples have taken on a deep color and the torta feels firm when pressed in the center with a fingertip. Mine took closer to 50 minutes to be done.
Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Then unbuckle the sides of the springform pan and slide it off the base, still attached to the paper to cool on a rack.
After the cake has cooled completely, run a knife or spatula between the torta and the paper, slide the toral from the rack onto a platter and pull off the paper.
Keep the tort loosely covered at room temperature.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *8
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *9
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: Freestyle *8
Source: Great Italian Desserts by Nick Malgieri
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
In this entertaining video Laura Vitale bakes up Italian Apple Cake with her sweet Nonna…
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