Duchess Apples and Apple Upside-Down Cake

The Duchess apples are an apple that needs to be eaten/used ASAP! They are an early apple that is notoriously known for making mouth watering pies.

Approximate Ripening Date: August 14th


Flavor: Tart and juicy. Recommended more for baking. It has a very short storage life.


Baking: The Duchess cooks down and makes amazing pies and sauce.


History: discovered in Russia in the 1700s - heirloom.


Featured Recipe:


Apple Upside-Down Cake

Evelyn Ploeger, Milwaukee


1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 McIntosh apples sliced, peeled and cored

Cinnamon - Optional

2 eggs (1/2 Cup)

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 T butter

1 cup boiling milk

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

Liquid whipping cream


Melt 1/2 cup butter and pour into 9x12 cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter. Peel, core, and slice apples. Layer over butter mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional). Mix in a bowl the eggs until fluffy. Beat in sugar, salt and vanilla. Melt 1 T of butter in boiling milk and add to above ingredients. Quickly beat in flour and baking powder. Pour over apple mix and bake 45 minutes in a 350^ oven.


To Serve: (warm if possible) cut in 2 to 3 inch squares. With spatula invert on dessert plate. Pour over squares 2 T liquid whipping cream or if desired whipped cream.

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