I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've seen lately. I've called around to see if I could find applejack or generic apple brandy for a reasonable price, but no, even those products are out of my price range for something I don't think I'd particularly enjoy finishing off. I can't find extract either. It does seem though that the recipe begs for a bit of extra flavor. How about reducing some hard or soft cider? Any other great ideas to boost the apple flavor?
Other ingredients of the cake are:
1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup (5 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup (7 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg plus 2 large yolks 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Confectioners' sugar