Gluten-Free Apple Skillet Cake
1 hour 5 mins
3 large tart baking apples, such as granny smith
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, strained
Vermont Creamery Unsalted Cultured Butter - 82% Butterfat
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract added with the egg
1 ¼ cup hazelnut flour, or almond flour or meal
½ cup sweet white rice flour
½ cup GF oat flour
½ cup millet flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, cut in half or sliced almonds
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Line a 10-inch oven-proof skillet, cake pan, or springform pan on the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
- Place 8 tablespoons of the butter in a small, heavy saucepan. Add the vanilla bean and scrapings if using. Melt the butter over medium heat. Continue cooking, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter turns golden and smells nutty, 3-5 more minutes. Pour the butter into a heatproof bowl to stop the cooking and let cool 5-10 minutes. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the butter for drizzling over the apples. When cool, remove the vanilla bean, rinse and let dry. You can reuse the vanilla pod to make vanilla extract or vanilla sugar.
- Peel the apples and cut them off the core in large pieces. Slice two of the apples thinly, keeping the pieces together, and drizzle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Cut the third apple into large dices, place in a small bowl, and toss with lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
- Sift the hazelnut, sweet rice, oat, and millet flours with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Sift as well as you can - hazelnut flour is hard to sift - then add whatever flour is left in the sifter into the bowl. The goal is to remove any large clumps of hazelnut and oat flour and leavening, which all tend to be clumpy.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the 8 tablespoons of the browned butter, then the crème fraîche.
- Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until smooth, then fold in the diced apples and any juices.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Place the apple slices over the cake, keeping them together, and press them about halfway into the batter. Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts. Drizzle with the reserved 1 tablespoon browned butter.
- Stir together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the cake.
- Bake the cake until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, 35-40 minutes, rotating the cake towards the end of the baking time. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, 1-2 hours. For the cleanest cuts, chill the cake before the slicing.
- Use the parchment to pull the cake out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into slices and serve at room temperature with dollups of crème fraîche. Or serve slices warm with ice cream.
- Store leftover cake covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.