Monday, 21 November 2011

Apple Cake

Hubby's b'day was just an excuse to bake this lovely apple cake :). Seriously, I wanted to bake with apples for a while and his b'day gave me the perfect opportunity.
I adapted this recipe from

Apple Cake:

3/4 cup (75 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans (I used walnuts)
1 pound (454 grams) apples (about 3 large) (I used only 2 apples, Maybe the batter would have taken 3)
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cup (195 grams) all purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup (50 grams) raisins (I omitted this)

Apple Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray with a non stick cooking spray, an 8 inch (20 cm) square baking pan and then line with parchment paper or wax paper.
Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack and then coarsely chop.
Peel, core, and chop the apples into bite-sized pieces. Toss with 1 - 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Add the melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk and beat until fully incorporated. Fold in the chopped nuts, raisins, and chopped apples.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in preheated oven for about 35 - 45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Cover and refrigerate. Serve warm with some custard or ice-cream.

Makes about 9 servings.

Verdict: This one got a thumbs up, both from the b'day boy and my little girl :). I warmed up the cake and poured cold custard over it. They just loved it!
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