We at Patisserie Chezbonneau decided to use Golden applesinstead of pears, and then added 1/2 cup blueberrieswith the cranberries (because I needed to use them up).
So, starting with this,
It all progressed to this,
then finally, this.
Or rather like
Aunt Daisy’s Fresh Fruit Torte is perfect for a snack with tea or coffee. It could play a wonderful role at a proper Tea. I prepared this one as part of a Thanksgiving meal with friends. Most of it was eaten, but the competition with Pumpkin and Pecan Pie was tough.
DETOUR: The author’s note at the top of page 191 mentions that any fruit combination could work fine with this torte. I had handy three well-known fall fruits that are often found together – apples, cranberries, and blueberries. I took the liberty of mixing a portion of the fruit into the batter (as with the Blueberry Coffee Cake) and added a clump of blueberries in the center on top. I probably should not have put the clump of blueberries on top as it created a too-moist spot that required more bake time. I would repeat that part. SUCCESS? Yes, I believe so.
Before we get started, have you ever wondered why “banana bread, zucchini bread, etc.” are called breads and not cakes? I’ve been asking myself that question, especially after having a bite of this festive jewel. Oh… Here’s the answer.
Why didn’t I wait until Thanksgiving to bake this? It’s not even Halloween yet. For very practical reasons: 1) I had all the ingredients handy, 2) I needed something easy to do and ALL of these “bread” recipes are SO EASY to make and 3) THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!!, 4) It’s never too early to dream about Thanksgiving and Christmas.
DETOURS? None that I know of. At least not a big deal. I did end up with a tad bit extra orange juice and a bit of pulp in the mixture due to my zesting technique (or lack thereof). I held my orange over the batter trying to let the zest fall directly in but my orange was very soft and kind of squished all to pieces and into the mixture. LUCKY ME/WE! …….. Yeah. Why not? Why not have orange pulp as part of the recipe? Why not call for fresh squeezed oranges in the recipe? The Magnolia book sticks to very traditional, late 20th century, easy-in-the kitchen recipes for the most part. The Magnolia bakers really do present a kind of classic Americana.
This classic piece of Americana with classic American fruits of oranges and cranberries is headed for a Kiwi I know.