It’s that time of year where we’re all starting to get a little bit excited about Christmas. There are some beautiful festive smells and sounds around, particularly at the Waddesdon Christmas Fair where I was yesterday which inspired me to make this Christmas Spiced Apple Cake.
This cake has all the feeling of the turn of seasons with the colours of Autumn – beautiful! Just in case you need an excuse (and I don’t), it is also a great way of getting rid of apples but alternatively pears work equally as well.
200g Chopped dates
300g Self-raising flour
100g Dark soft brown sugar
100g Demerara sugar
3 Braeburn apples (or other sweet variety)
Half a lemon
0.5 tsp Baking powder
1 tbsp Mixed spiced
0.5 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Vanilla paste
- Line and grease a baking tray (30x20cm) and preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Add the milk and chopped dates to a pan then heat until milk begins to simmer then set aside to cool
- Meanwhile in a big mixing bowl add the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, vanilla and eggs, combine with an electric mixer until combined
- Then blend the milk and chopped dates mixture (I use my NutriBullet for this, if you want to win one enter my Christmas competition!) and add the paste to the mixing bowl
- Combine all the ingredients then smooth into the baking tray
- Now quarter and core the apples, slice as finely as possible and toss with juice of the lemon to prevent browning while you are finishing off
- Then neatly lie your sliced apples on top of the mixture – I did mine in lines but you could make any pattern you like so be creative!
- Put the baking tray into the oven for 45-50 minutes but keep checking in the last 5 minutes to make sure the apples don’t catch
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack until cool enough to remove from the tin
This cake is yummy any time but give it a try when it’s still warm out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of toffee sauce – devilishly delicious!
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