Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)

Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)


  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs, or as needed

  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

  •  1/2 cup white sugar

  •  1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

  •  2 eggs

  •  1 1/8 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

  •  1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed

  •  1/4 cup white sugar


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

  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

  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.

  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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