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Apple-Maple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Apple-Maple Upside-Down Cake  
Source: Country Home

cup butter, softened
cup maple syrup
tsp. ground ginger
2 medium Tart apples
cup dried tart Red cherries or dried cranberries
1 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
tsp. baking soda
2 eggs, separated
cup packed brown sugar
cup milk
cup granulated sugar
Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)

Adjust oven rack to lower third of oven. In a 12-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, melt cup of the butter over medium heat. Add syrup and ginger. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes; stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Core apples; cut into -inch-thick (round) slices. Arrange with dried fruit in skillet, turning to coat with syrup mixture. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, pie spice, and soda. In a large mixing bowl beat remaining cup butter with an electric mixer 30 seconds. Add egg yolks and brown sugar; beat until combined. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to egg yolk mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined.
Wash beaters thoroughly. In a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites with electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Stir 1/3 of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon batter evenly atop fruit. Bake in a 350 oven 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen from sides of pan; invert onto platter. Serve warm with ice cream. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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