28 June 2010

Brown Sugar Apple Cake

It was Sunday afternoon. 
Mom and Dad were visiting and hinted at a home-baked goodie for their breakfast the next day.  
So I looked around my kitchen and saw 2 apples sitting all alone on the counter.  Scrolling through my BB for a quick apple recipe, I found...

Apple Cake!
Just mix everything together, pop it in the oven for 40 min, and voila!

Once the cake was cooled and sliced, sample portions were handed out.  Following a round of seconds, the leftovers were packed in tupperware and Mom and Dad left with smiles on their faces.

Here's the recipe:

50g mix of pumpkin seeds and almonds
2 Fuji apples (green applies work well too)
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
200g plain flour
50g white sugar
50g brown sugar
1/5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
80 g unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs Amarula liquor (or milk)
40g raisins
Soak raisins in liquor for 5-10 min.  In the meantime, peel, core, and chop the apples into bite size pieces. Toss with 1 - 2 tbs of lemon juice to prevent browning.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, ground cinnamon, and salt. Add the melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and liquor and mix until fully incorporated.

Sprinkle some flour to coat the nuts and chopped apples.  Then fold them into the batter together with the raisins. If the batter is too thick, stir in some milk (or more liquor).
Pour into 8" square baking pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 170 deg C for about 40 min.  (Bake at 180 deg C if you are not using a dark non-stick pan.)
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!


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