Milopita (μηλόπιτα) or apple cake is often enjoyed for breakfast in Greece. And, yes, cake for breakfast 🙂
This traditional cake bakes up light and high with a moist, delicate crumb that makes it the perfect companion to a cup of coffee or tea.
You can choose to make this as more of a sweet bread in a loaf pan or, my favorite, in a bundt pan – think “My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ – for a lovely presentation.
Lightly spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, loaded with sweet, juicy apples – this simple, simply delicious recipe is ready in just over an hour and guaranteed to become a fast favorite in your house!
•2 cups mashed cooked apples** (4-5 medium apples)
•2/3 cup apple cider
•3 1/2 cups flour
•1 1/3 cups sugar
•2 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp baking soda
•3/4 tsp salt
•1/2 cup vegetable or light olive oil
•1 tsp fresh ground cardamom (15 pods)
•1 tsp ground nutmeg
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1/2 tsp ground cloves
•1 cup walnuts and/or golden raisins (optional)
To bake apples, just peel, core, thinly slice and layer in a baking pan.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
Mash gently with fork.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In larger bowl, mix sugar, apple cider, vegetable oil and spices until well blended.
In third small bowl, gently mash cooked, sliced apples.
Add apples to liquid ingredients, mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet approximately 1 cup at a time. Stir to combine well.
Add walnuts and/or raisins at this time.
Spread batter evenly in parchment lined 9×13″ baking pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
*Or fill 2, 8-inch parchment lines loaf pans and bake for 1 hour.
Bundt pan (10 cup size) 50-55 minutes.
Allow cake to rest for 10-15 minutes, remove from pan to finish cooling and cool completely before cutting.
Dust liberally with powdered sugar.
Loaf cakes freeze well, wrapped in freezer, for two months.
Kiki Vagianos is The Greek Vegan! Kiki lives and cooks in Boston. She spends her free time collecting, testing and posting favorite traditional Greek recipes at The Greek Vegan website. She loves sharing these simple and delicious authentic dishes and helping to bring them back into kitchens throughout the Greek diaspora. Kali Orexi!