Apple Pecan Torte

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Appears in
Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah: Dining at Home in the Lowcountry

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1997

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This is my version of Charleston’s famous cake with the misnomer “Huguenot Torte.” Regardless of its heritage, it’s a delicious and simple way to end a fall meal with the flavorful new crops of crisp mountain apples and local pecans.


  • 1 cup pecans, plus 8 perfect pecan halves
  • 1 large, firm apple, peeled, cored, and cut up


Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan, line it with wax paper or parchment, grease the paper, and lightly dust with flour.

Preheat the oven to 375°F and put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven.

Finely grind 1 cup of pecans in a food processor, working in quick bur