Thursday, 15 November 2012

Spiced Toffee Apple Cake

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

  • 200g dates, roughly chopped
  • 200ml milk , plus a splash
  • 250g butter , softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3 small red apples
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • handful of toffees
  • a little icing sugar , for dusting
  • 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!



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