Apple Cranberry Custard Torte


Apple Cranberry Custard Torte

This delicious dessert is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth out there. It’s also a recipe that makes great use of local ingredients – apples, cranberries and Ironworks Distillery Rum. Just make sure to invite lots of guests when you decide to make this so you don’t eat all of it yourself!

Torte ingredients:

12 McIntosh Apples
1 cup Terra Beata cranberries*
6 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups milk
8 oz butter, melted
2 tsp real vanilla extract
5 tsp baking powder
whipped cream
fresh mint sprigs
toasted slivered almonds

Sauce:

5 oz butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
Ironworks Rum to taste**

Directions (Serves 10-12 people):

  1. Grease a 12-inch springform pan with the melted butter, then flour it. Prepare apples by peeling and coring, then cut them into quarters and slice.
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Add the flour and baking powder, then combine. Add milk, butter and vanilla and then mix. Add the apples and cranberries to the batter. Pour into the greased and floured pan, and put pan on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake on bottom shelf of oven at 375F (190C) for 10 minutes. Move to top shelf and bake at 375F (190C) for 50 minutes, checking with wooden skewer for doneness. Reduce heat if cake gets too dark – it should look golden and caramelized. When baked, remove from oven and carefully pull knife along the ring but do not open the springform. Let cool in fridge very well before removing springform. If you store the torte for longer than a day, you should transfer it to a glass plate; otherwise, the cake might oxidize on metal.
  4. When ready to serve the torte, prepare the sauce. Melt butter with sugar until it lightly caramelizes. Add cream and vanilla and bring to simmer until well blended. Add rum to taste.

Recipe provided by: Chef Roland Glauser Charlotte Lane, Shelburne

Source Guide: 

*Purchase Terra Beata cranberries from your local grocery store, farmers market, or the Terra Beata farm in Lunenburg.

**Ironworks Amber Rum is available from their online store.

***Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm MarketStirling Fruit FarmsMasstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

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