Simply French: Apple Cake!

March 10, 2005

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INT. MR. R’S MANSION–KITCHEN–DAY

Caryn sits at the table that she has now adopted as her own, a notebook computer propped open before her. Lauren appears out of nowhere, sporting an elegant new suit.

LAUREN

I trust you’re making good use of your time while he’s away.

Startled by the interruption, Caryn doesn’t respond. Lauren takes a bottle of water from the fridge and pours it into a crystal wine glass.

LAUREN (CONT’D)

Because the last girl got fired for wasting too much time.

CARYN

Oh! That’s terrible.

LAUREN

She deserved it. They usually do.

Lauren leans against the counter and daintily sips her water.

LAUREN (CONT’D)

What are you doing?

Caryn turns the computer around to show her. The browser is open to a site with mouth-watering photos of food.

CARYN

Looking for a recipe?

Lauren doesn’t even glance at the computer.

LAUREN

The best chefs don’t use recipes, do they?

Caryn sits, again helpless for a reply.

LAUREN (CONT’D)

Of course, the best chefs are usually French.

Where are you from, Katherine?

CARYN

Atlanta.

Lauren narrows her eyes a little.

LAUREN

Never cared much for the South.

She pushes her slender frame away from the counter and straightens her skirt.

LAUREN (CONT’D)

You should use your free time to get some practice. He may have liked your little sandwich, but don’t let that fool you. He has very particular tastes…

The last of her words trail off as she disappears out the door.

Caryn wrinkles her nose as the door swings closed. She thinks for a minute and then starts clicking away at the computer.

CARYN

If she wants something French…

Chocolate and Zucchini’s “Gateau de Mamy a la Poire”

Clotilde’s wonderfully simple cake is the perfect use of a few apples.

17 thoughts on “Simply French: Apple Cake!

  1. santos

    ****. i’ll bet she never eats. and now her bitterness is eating though her brain cells but not her genetically predisposed pear shape.

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  2. MAG

    Do you mind questions about your food? The photo of the french apple cake from Clotilde is gorgeous and the crumb makes me want to try to take a bite out of my computer screen. When I click thru to Clotilde’s site for the recipe, she says she’s added 20g of powdered almonds in lieu of 20g of flour. Did you do that or use 100% flour? Not very easy to find powdered almonds or almond meal already ground up here in the US, but very common shelf baking ingredient in France . . .

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  3. caryn

    MAG, I only used flour. I also have no idea where to find powdered almonds. But give it a try–it’s a really wonderful recipe. Unbelievably simple. Unbelievably delicious.

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  4. santos

    hi caryn! i’ve met my share of laurens :-D i think you can actually find powdered almonds as ground almonds, almond meal or almond flour in the us. i think trader joe’s sells it (i’ve seen hazelnut flour there), at least in california, and i’ve seen it at whole foods. i buy mine from kingarthurflour.com, too.

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  5. caryn

    You’re right, Santos. I think I’ve seen something similar in Trader Joe’s. I also think that Surfas must have it…they have everything. :)

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  6. Cyril

    Hi,

    We need suppliers for Quality French Apple Cakes in Bangalore (India). Please give info of people who can do it.

    My Contact # is 91-80-9886067706

    Thanks and Regards

    Cyril Santhosh

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  7. Cyril

    Hi,

    We need suppliers for Quality French Apple Cakes in Bangalore (India). Please give info of people who can do it.

    My Contact # is 91-80-9886067706

    My Email address is cyrilsanthosh@gmail.com

    Thanks and Regards

    Cyril Santhosh

    Reply
  8. Bess

    Mouth watering photo of the Apple Cake….but, my darlings…where is the recipe?….you are teasing me aren’t you?

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