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Spiced Apple and Almond Cake with Butterscotch sauce

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Fancy eh? Yeah, I thought so too when I began. But it’s really simple. So much so that you could make this with your little girl… or boy! I disliked cooked apples at one point. My cooked apple memories to date are when I was down with one of my many chicken pox attacks and it was shoved down my throat to help cure me. It only led to me yelping in misery!

Let me help you snap out of that disturbing story. I’ve developed a liking for apple based desserts now and I’m unable to stop myself. An apple pie is not healthy, an apple is! I’m too daft to understand 😉

So I made this ammaazziinnnggg apple and almond cake and doused it in the easiest butterscotch sauce. The tang from the apples and the nutty base flavor from the almond are a house on fire! I absolutely loved it. Hope you do too!

Here’s what you need,

For the filling

I’d name my patisserie Apple Cinnamon or Cinnamon Apple or even better Cinnamonised Apple! Yes, Microsoft Word I know there is no cinnamonised!!!

Golden Syrup can be substituted with honey or dates syrup.

Peel and dice apples to begin with

I missed something as usual, Butter.

Melt butter in a saucepan.

Toss the apples in the melted butter for about a minute.

Add cinnamon powder and take a deep breathe.

Pour golden syrup.

Lastly, the raisins. Give it a good toss and put off the flame. I like my apple chunky and not jammy and mushy.

My apple filling’s good to go.

For the cake batter you need,

I make my own almond meal and use it for my crumble or cookies or muffins. I blanch almonds, dry it and blitz in the food processor. But if you are too lazy for any of that, substitute almond meal with flour.

Add flour, almond meal, sugar, baking powder and butter into a food processor.

Blitz until a breadcrumb, wet sand consistency is obtained.

Tip the mixture into a mixing bowl and crack an egg, add vanilla essence and pour milk and combine to form a smooth batter.

Line a springform tin with parchment paper.

I was terrible at art and craft… it shows…

Pour half the batter into the tin.

The apples go right over the batter.

Sandwich the apples with another layer of cake batter.

Top with slivered almonds. I’m the generous kind 😉

Bake in a preheated 180 C oven for 40-45 minutes.

Meanwhile, let’s make the easiest butterscotch sauce in the whole wide world.

Melt butter in a saucepan and add brown sugar.

Once the brown sugar melts, shock it with some scotch. I used Chivas… just a glug will do… I was referring to the sauce…

At this point, you decide how dark you want the sauce because the next ingredient is going to lighten the color.

Put off the fire and stir in heavy cream. Its’ as simple 🙂

Love the consistency. You can drizzle this over your waffles, ice cream or just some sliced banana.

For now, I drizzled… if that’s the right word… over my apple almond goodness!

I tend to go overboard a lot of times.

I told ya…

I’m hoping you try this!

Have a great day y’all.

Ingredients

For the apple filling

Apples 3

Butter a knob

Golden syrup/ Honey 2 tbsp.

Raisins a handful

Cinnamon powder 1 tsp.

For the cake batter

Flour 100 g

Almond meal 25 g (if using only flour 125 g)

Sugar 2 tbsp.

Baking powder 1 tsp.

Butter 50 g

Milk 100 ml

Egg 1

Vanilla essence 1 tsp.

Flaked almonds to garnish

For the butterscotch sauce

Butter a knob

Brown sugar ¼ cup

Scotch 1-2 tbsp.

Cream 1 cup

Method

For the filling

Dice apples and sauté in butter for a minute. Add cinnamon, golden syrup and raisins. Toss around and take off heat. Set aside.

For the cake batter

Blitz butter, flour, almond meal, sugar and baking powder in a processor until fine crumbs are formed. Tip into a mixing bowl and add egg, milk, vanilla essence and combine to form a smooth paste.

To assemble, preheat oven to 180 C. Line a springform tin with parchment paper. Pour a thin layer of batter and top with apple mixture. Cover the apples with the rest of the batter and spread around. Bake at 180 C for 40- 45 minutes.

For the butterscotch sauce, melt butter and brown sugar. Add scotch and check on the color. Putt off the fire and stir in heavy cream.

Drizzle all over the apple cake and gobble away!

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think ?