Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spiced Apple Cake

With pear. Because the power of pear is totally underestimated. And dates come to think of it, because dates are totally awesome as well. It adds up to a totally fruity cake. With some walnuts sprinkled on top I think it looks like a totally ‘rustique’ cake for some reason.

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Let me tell you a secret: the cake tastes wonderful and I know you can’t wait to try it. It almost tastes healthy with all the fruits in it. Personally I think this is a way better alternative to apple pie. Then again, I’m really no fan of apple pie.

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Apple Spice Cake
Ingredients:

225 grams self-rising flour
3 spoons wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
175 grams dates
75 grams (palm) sugar
1 tablespoon apple (and pear) sauce
120 ml apple juice
2 eggs
90 ml sunflower oil
2 apples or 1 apple and 1 pear or 2 small apples and 1/2 a pear
1 tablespoon walnuts


1. Start with preparing the ingredients: chop the dates and the walnuts, grate the apples and pear and make the apple & pear sauce if you didn’t want to buy a whole jar for 1 spoon. (See recipe below)
2. Sift the self-raising flour, baking powder and cinnamon together. Add the wholemeal flour.
3. Mix the sugar with the apple sauce. And then add the apple juice, eggs -lightly beaten-, sunflower oil and grated apple and pear.
4. Finally add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5. Line a baking tin with greaseproof paper or butter it in. Spoon the mixture into the tin and sprinkle it with chopped walnuts.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes in a preheated oven on 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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And? Are you getting excited as well? I should definitely try a recipe like this with only pear. That's all I have to say about it. Awesome cake. It will be made again!

Oh yes! For the apple and pear sauce! Here it goes:

Apple sauce
Ingredients:

Diced apple and/or pear
Juice and/or water
Sugar


1. Put the apple and pear in a pan in a bottom of juice. Make sure you have more fruit than juice. Make sure you always have a little bit of juice in your pan so the fruits don't burn.
2. Put the lid on the pan and leave it on the fire to simmer.
3. After a while check and stir, add more juice and leave again if necessary. Use a fork to mash the fruit and add some sugar to taste. And voilĂ ! Super easy, super quick apple sauce!

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Edit: Want to see more recent pictures of this cake? I'm showing them off in this post!

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