A popular cake all over Scandinavia!
4 - 5 medium Golden Delicious apples, 3/4 cup butter (room temp.), 3/4 cup sugar, 3 eggs (room temp.), 1/4 t. salt, 1 t. vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 T butter (melted), 2 T. sugar
Butter an 11" tart pan with a removable bottom or a 9" square cake pan; set aside. Peel and halve apples. Use a melon baller or a teaspoon to remove cores. Preheat oven 425 degrees. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Beat in eggs, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in flour to make a stiff batter. Spread batter in prepared pan. Arrange apples on a flat surface, cut-side down. Cut crosswise incisions almost all the way through each apple half, 1/16" to 1/8" apart. Do not cut all the way through! Press apple halves, core-side down, into batter. Brush apples with 2 T. melted butter; sprinkle with 2 T. sugar. Bake 30 minutes or until apples are tender and cake is golden brown. Makes 6 - 8 servings.