We've kept it no surprise that we're huge fans of apple here at LJC HQ. So when we come across a recipe that combines not only apples but toffee the end result can of course only be a happy one. This recipe comes from the BBC Good Food website and is perfect for a cosy afternoon by the fire. If you're more of a grab and go kind of baker then this recipe works fantastic as muffins too.
Spiced Toffee Apple Cake
Serves 15 | To prepare 45 mins | To cook 1 hr plus cooling
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with baking parchment.
- Put the dates and milk in a small pan and bring to a simmer.
- Remove from the heat and set aside for 15 mins to cool.
- Whizz the date mixture to a smooth purée in a food processor or blender, then scrape into a large mixing bowl.
- Tip in the butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice and vanilla, and set aside while you prepare the apples.
- Quarter and core the apples, then slice quite thinly, tossing in a little lemon juice as you go.
- Quickly beat together the cake ingredients with an electric whisk until smooth, then scrape into the baking tray.
- Arrange the apple slices, overlapping in rows, on top of the cake - you should be able to get 3 rows lengthways down the tray.
- Bake for 45-50 mins until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tray.
- Put the toffees in a small pan with a good splash of milk and gently melt, stirring, until runny.
- To finish, dust with a little icing sugar, then drizzle sauce all over the cake. Cut into squares or slices to serve.
Enjoy with a nice big mug of tea!
Hope you're all having a great Thursday!