Apple Fruit Cake, moved onto a lighter Apple Spice Cake (recipe below) and then found that Lumberjack Cake is very similar to a favourite Apple and Date Cake. All very good. All had such different textures.
I made the Apple Spice Cake after coming home from a busy day that had been hijacked by a computer virus. There was no time to drop into the supermarket. I was visiting a friend for lunch the next day and wanted to take something for lunch. Everything I needed was in my kitchen. The only ingredient I left out was walnuts, which Sylvia and I had used up in a batch of fruit balls. I made it in a small slice tin but next time might make it in my new 20cm square cake tin.
this recipe, which is the same as my Apple and Date Cake but has coconut in the topping. However I noticed that Lorraine used condensed milk in her topping and I happened to have some in the fridge so I just combined some condensed milk and shredded coconut for the topping. It was fantastic.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Turkish Fig Pudding
This time two years ago: Bizarre gnocchi and strange crumble
This time three years ago: Tabouli from the Tree
This time four years ago: Lasagne and the Boy Wizard
Apple Spice Cake
Slightly adapted from Lovely Wee Days
- 2 cooking apples
- 1 c sugar (I used a bit less)
- 113g (4 oz) butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups flour (I used 1 cup white and 1/2 cup wholemeal)
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp salt (I used a pinch of salt)
- 1/2 cup sticky raisins (I used sultanas)
- 1/2 c walnuts (I didn't use)
In a small bowl cover the raisins or sultanas with boiling water. Peel, core and dice apples and sprinkle with sugar in another bowl - the apple will release some of its juices after standing for 5-10 minutes. Set aside while preparing other ingredients.
Mix butter and egg in a large mixing bowl. Add apples and then dry ingredients. Gently mix in drained raisins (or sultanas) and walnuts (if using). Pour into a greased and lined tin (I used a small slice tin but next time would use a 20cm round cake tin or a 20cm square cake tin).
Bake at 180 C for 50-60 minutes (I think this is for a 20cm round cake tin), or 35-40 minutes for a 20cm square cake tin, or 20-30 minutes for a small slice tin. Leave to cool before removing from the tin. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
On the stereo:
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