Friday, 30 March 2012

An Apple Cake a Day...

We get lots of requests asking what our recipes are, and normally we don’t like to oblige, you know a magician never gives up his secrets. But today we are making and exception, this light and delicious apple cake is the perfect dessert for a nice warm day.

Ingredients (serves 6…unless someone’s greedy):

·           225 g self-raising flour
·           1 level tsp baking powder
·           225g caster sugar
·           2 large eggs
·           ½ tsp almond extract
·           150g butter, melted
·           250g cooking apples, pealed and cored
·           25g flaked almond

  1. First preheat the oven to 160C/fan, 140C/gas, after then you should lightly grease a deep 20c loose bottom cake tin
  2. Now in a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, almond extract, and the melted butter. Mix until well blended and then beat for a minute
  3. Now you should have prepared the apples, if not do so, I’ll give you a minute…ok now you need to pour half of the mixture into the prepared tin, and lay the apples on top. Cut them however you like it, but we recommend it be a bit of a thicker cut.
  4. Now pour the rest of the mixture over the top, focusing on the middle so that it flows out. Now use a spoon to help make it all nice and even.
  5. Now sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds, this is really just a suggestion but its great for given the cake a real nice crunch to it.
  6. Finally bake in the oven for at  least 1 ¼ hours, but it may take a bit longer. It should be golden brown and coming away from the tin.
  7. Lastly cut, serve, eat, and enjoy.

This little creation goes great with a little vanilla ice cream or really just about anything; chocolate drizzled on top, or even fresh berries. You make it as flavourful as your imagination is able to.

I hope you enjoy it, because I know that we enjoy making them.  

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