Apple and Walnut Cake
On a cold winter’s day chocolate cake just doesn’t do it for us. We’d rather have something warm and spicy. My apple and walnut cake recipe, redolent with spices and served warm with lashings of cream or a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt is just what we feel like. It generously serves 8-10.
Peel the apples while sitting by the fire and then you will only need to escape to the kitchen briefly to stir them into the batter and put the cake into the oven.
I used sweet Braeburn apples but if you use Granny Smiths you may want to increase the sugar to 1 cup.
4 cups of apples, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup of castor sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 teaspoons of vanilla essence
The grated rind of 1/2 lemon
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Mix the chopped apples with the sugar
Whisk the vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla essence together
Stir in the sugared apples, walnuts and lemon rind.
In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and salt
Add the dry ingredients to the apple mixture and stir to mix.
Pour the batter into a greased 22 1/2 cm cake tin
Bake at 180 degrees C for 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean
Serve with Greek yoghurt or whipped cream
I created this recipe for my regular spot on The Breeze radio Station in Auckland: