Easy and Succulent Thanksgiving – The Finale: Dessert

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving weekend is a week away. Oy! This is the last recipe in our fail-proof, fool-proof, easy AND succulent Thanksgiving recipe series. And for your convenience, let us relist them here:

  1. The magnificent appetizer, the Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions
  2. The ridiculously easy to make, so delicious Tomato Consommé
  3. The elegant and palate cleansing Crab with Grapefruit Salad
  4. The recipe for the main attraction, the Turkey itself
  5. And for the requisite Stuffing. The picture is not pretty, but the stuffing is out-of-this-world-delicious
  6. The “secret sauce”, our unbelievable Gravy

And here, we have arrived in a short 7 weeks, to the dessert: the DUTCH APPLE TORTE. This is my mother's recipe. We had it every (Canadian) Thanksgiving when growing up. When I first got married, my husband and I started hosting both families for Thanksgiving dinner. I always asked my mother to bring the dessert. When my husband, Scott and I moved to Southern California with our then two year old son, Chase, I asked my mother for the recipe. I was quite nervous about making it because it seemed so difficult. My mother told me it was really easy, but coming from her, being an amazing chef and baker, I didn't buy it. But, she was so right! Although the baking is done in two parts, the hardest part is peeling all the apples! Really!

So, without further ado, here it is:


For the torte:

1 ¾ cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

8 to 10 apples, pared and cut into eighths

1 tbsp cinnamon

For the Top:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

Preheat oven at 350.

Torte: Melt butter and add sugar until mixed well. Beat in eggs. Combine flour and baking powder. Add to sugar mixture and mix well.  Spread on bottom of buttered 9 inch spring form pan. Stand apple slices on end in pan in a circular pattern. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes

Top: Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Pour over top of torte. Bake for another 40 minutes.

When cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

From our families to yours, we wish you a wonderful and EASY Thanksgiving.

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