Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)


  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs, or as needed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 2eggs
  • 1 ⅛ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed(Optional)
  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a pie plate and dust with bread crumbs


  • Step 2

    Combine melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla bean seeds in a bowl. Add eggs and stir to combine. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and add to butter mixture. Add milk if batter is too thick

  • Step 3

    Pour batter into the prepared pie plate. Distribute apple slices in a thick layer on top of the batter. Dot with cubed butter and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar.

  • Step 4

    Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

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