Monday, July 16, 2012

Spiced Apple Cake

Yesterday in a frenzy of sweeping all the invisible dirt and impurities from the nooks and corners of our 5 months old dwelling, I was putting everything disarrayed in place disposing simultaneously the unwanted items into the garbage bin. While cleaning the interior of the refrigerator, my eyes suddenly caught hold of three apples which presumably have been resting in a safe corner of the refrigerator for over a month. Yes, over a month or two possibly because as far as my memory goes, I have not bought any apple very recently. The good thing is the apples were in perfect condition without being anywhere near to sorry looking state, which by the way surprised me a bit.

Anyway, I love fruit cakes. The discovery of the hidden apples gave me a cause to grace the occasion by baking a wonderful apple cake. Yummmm, the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg filling every space of your home near the end of baking suddenly makes you ravenous.

Ingredients:                                            Cooking time: 1 hr approx.
ü  3/4 cup of unsalted butter, melted
ü  1 cup brown sugar
ü  4 eggs
ü  2 cups self-rising flour
ü  2 tsp cinnamon powder
ü  1 tsp nutmeg powder
ü  3 small apples (peeled, cored and finely sliced)
ü  2 tbsp honey, warmed
1) Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Grease a 9 inch/23 cm round spring form cake pan.
2) Beat butter and eggs together in a large bowl till light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Combine well.
3) Slowly and gently fold the flour into the egg mixture.
4) Spoon half the batter into the greased cake pan and level the surface with a spatula. Scatter over half the sliced apples. Spoon over the remaining cake batter and gently level the surface again. Arrange the remaining apple slices on top.
5) Bake the cake for nearly an hour until a toothpick inserted at the centre comes out clean.
6) Bring the cake down to room temperature. Brush the top with the warmed honey.

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