It's always difficult to decide what type of cake to make for someone's birthday. This time that someone was my mother-in-law, Lynn. So I poured over cookbooks and ideas until my husband simply said:
"Why don't you just ask her what she wants?"
A novel idea...
Her response was "something with fruit in it". At this point we've narrowed the field down by 0.0010. So I continued to search through my cookbook collection and google online like a mad woman until I found this recipe from Cooks.com. Its a French Apple Cobbler with a topping that is more cake-like and fluffy and less biscuit oriented - which is also my favorite.
French Apple Cobbler (DOUBLE This recipe for a 13 x 9 dish)
5 c. peeled & sliced tart apples
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. water
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. To make Filling: In a medium bowl combine apples and other filling ingredients except butter. Turn into 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Dot apples with butter. Pour batter, combine batter ingredients and mix until smooth.
Drop batter by spoonfuls over the apples and spread evenly. Batter will spread during baking. Bake 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. You will notice there is no milk in the batter. This makes it different and really good.