I really enjoyed this week’s recipe because Marie-Hélène’s apple cake reminded me of another Marie’s apple cake: my grandmother Marie-Louise’s.
My grandmother spent the war years in Belgium where she lived above a bakery. Food was scarce but the bakery typically had flour and sugar that they would share with their upstairs neighbours. As a result, she spent that time making and eating breads and sweets and remained a great baker. Unfortunately, she never wrote down any recipes 🙁 I made Marie-Hélène’s apple cake last week instead of the hachis parmentier I was supposed to make. Oops. But from my mistake I was able to realize the similarity between this cake and the cake my grandmother made when I was a kid. So I made it again, but with a thiner crust since my that’s how I remember her cake. I also tried to make it look like hers: