150g SR Flour
50g ground almonds
2 eating apples
100g caster sugar
Juice half a lemon
1 tblsp Demerara sugar
Prep to Cook: Food mixer, mixing bowl, spatula, veg knife and chopping board, lemon squeezer, fork. Oven on 190C Gas Mark 5, 20cm square cake tin or similar
Prep: Peel away some of the apple skin, core and thinly slice the apple
Cream the margarine and caster sugar
Beat in the eggs and add mashed banana
Stir in ground almonds and chop about half the apples into cubes
Add these to the cake mixture
Tip into the greased cooking tray and spread out the cake
Push the apple slices into the top of the cake mix in rows
Sprinkle with the Demerara sugar
Bake for about 25 minutes at 190C or Gas mark 5
The cake should be golden brown
Allow to cool and slice into bars or squares
A quick home-made cake is sometimes the best way to welcome a friend or make an ordinary day into something special.
This a moist cake that is good cold and also warm with some custard or cream. This is a good way to include more fruit in your diet without noticing. Almonds provide a good source of calcium and iron.
Cooks Know How: Creaming together the fat and sugar incorporates air into the mixture. This air creates the lightness when the cake mixture is cooked. Eggs enrich the cake with iron from the yolk and protein at the same time as helping to trap more air. Once those ingredients have been beaten, either by hand or using the electric mixer, the rest of the ingredients can be stirred in. Self Raising flour will add further raising agents so your cake will be light. The apples pack this cake with fruit whilst the banana and almonds add energy. As you bake this cake the fats melt, the sugar dissolves and the eggs set. The cake becomes firm and the crust turns golden. The Demerara sugar crystals sprinkled on top add that extra crunch and completes the cake. No further icing or decoration is required. The almonds help the cake to keep moist and therefore this cake can be made in advance but is best popped into the oven to warm it through.
Retain the banana but vary the other fruit choice by using pears or peaches. The almonds could be replaced by walnuts or pistachio if you are looking for a luxury nut with a gorgeous green colour.