Combine apples and juice; toss. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to combine.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a bowl, stirring well. Place remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, and cheese in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beating well. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in walnuts.
Scrape batter into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Arrange apples over batter. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter; brush over apples. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set.
Combine preserves and juice; microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds or until melted, stirring once. Brush apricot mixture over apples; cool. Cut into 15 squares.
I was amazed at how good this cake tasted. I made it exactly as instructed, no substitutions, no cuts. Everyone loved it. The only thing I might change next time is the type of apple. Fuji apples just don't get very soft. They stay quite crunchy. I would prefer an apple that gets softer with baking, maybe a Braeburn, Granny Smith or McIntosh.
Delicious and fairly easy. To cut carbs and fat I made few reductions in ingredients with no discernible change in outcome: sugar in the cake cut from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup, sugar in the apples cut from 1/4 cup to a generous Tbsp., butter brushed over the apples cut to 1 Tbs. The apricot preserves provided plenty of sweetness to the apples. Next time I will use four apples for a more generous topping.
I had this the first time the other evening at my CL Supper Club and immediately bought the ingredients to make it for my family. It is so light and delicious. I think I will plan to do this one more in the fall when the apples are plentiful. I believe that you could easily substitute another baking apple.
OMG! I snuck a bite as this came out of the oven, it is VERY good!! I could see this becoming a Christmas or Thanksgiving must-have. I added a little more cream cheese to use it up, and stopped after the step of placing the apple slices on top (didn't add the 2tbsp butter or preserves & juice recipe called for to keep fat & sugar lower)--I also add half the sugar the entire recipe called for and you can't even tell. Another great CL recipe!!
Very easy and very good. Wonderful for breakfast or dessert. It will be one of my favorite apple recipes. I did add an extra apple and mine were not Fuji. I also substituted current jelly for the apricot preserves since that those were the ingredients I had on hand.
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