Melinda Strauss, Kitchen Tested
½ cup unsalted margarine, room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ tsp almond extract (vanilla extract can be substituted)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp kosher salt
2-3 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious green apples
2 Tbsp honey
⅓ cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and coat a 9-inch tart pan with cooking spray or oil.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the margarine and sugar. Add the eggs and almond extract and mix again.
Separately, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter and mix on medium speed until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared tart pan and spread it out with a spatula until even. The batter is sticky so spraying the spatula with cooking spray will help move the batter around the pan.
Slice the apples into thin wedges, with the peel on, and layer them on top of the batter. Drizzle with the honey. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the apples.
Place the tart pan on a baking sheet (in case any batter spills over while it bakes) and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browning and the cake tester comes out clean. If the cake isn’t cooked through, bake for 5 more minutes.