One of the greatest gifts Frenchwomen possess is the ability to cook simply and nutritiously, yet maintain a richness of flavor unsurpassed. Take a peek at La Tartine Gourmande's blog and you'll see what I mean. Her recipes always call for a variety of fresh, classic ingredients that when combined astound the senses. I have yet to be disappointed. I discovered this recipe for Apple Upside Down Cake a few weeks ago, and I've made it three times already. It is that good.
I was intrigued by the use of olive oil and plain yogurt in a cake. It increased the density of the cake and gave it a nuttier flavor. I would definitely like to experiment further with these ingredients in other baked goods.
I substituted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the vanilla bean and used a cup of regular flour instead the other flours suggested. I also added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the cake batter. I always find a way to incorporate an extra bit of my beloved cinnamon!
And it paired perfectly with that scoop of vanilla ice cream....