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Apfeltorte (Apple Cake)

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Servings: 1
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

8    Small apples
1/2  cup  Raisins
2  teaspoons  Rum or rum extract
3/4  cup  Sugar; plus 3 tbsp, divided
1  teaspoon  Chocolate, grated
3/4  cup  Butter or margarine, plus 2
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
3    Eggs
1  teaspoon  Lemon extract
1 1/4  cups  All-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  Baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  Cinnamon
3  teaspoons  Almonds, ground
    Apricot jam
    Powdered sugar, sifted

Filling: Peel and core apples. Combine raisins, rum, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the grated chocolate in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Set aside while preparing batter. Batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease bottom of 10 1/2" springform pan. Cream 3/4 cup of the butter, 3/4 cup of the sugar and vanilla together. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, and lemon extract, beating until light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon together. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Turn batter into prepared pan; arrange apples on top. Fill apple centers with raisin mixture. Dot with 2 teaspoons of the butter. Bake @ 350 degrees, 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mixture of ground almonds and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer until apples are tender. Remove from oven. Brush jam over apple opening and sprinkle icing sugar over cake portion.

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