Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Christmas apple and sultana cake.

If like me you've left it too late to bake a proper Christmas cake, then you'll want to bake yourself a nice festive alternative with this apple and sultana cake. Packed with tasty seasonal flavours, but with a little less effort, it may not be soaked in months of booze but it'll still do the trick nicely!

  200g butter
  200g soft brown sugar
  3 eggs
  1 tbsp treacle
  200g self raising flour
  1 tsp baking powder
  2 tsp mixed spice
  150g grated apples
  200g sultanas

Pre heat your oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line a deep round 20cm cake tin.

Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs and treacle, whisking till fully combined. Then sift in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and fold in to mix, scraping the sides and base of the bowl to ensure it's fully mixed in.

Then add in the grated apple and sultanas, the apple will add a lovely touch to this bake, giving the cake a nice moist texture along with the delicious taste. Stir till fully combined.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, then bake for 50 minutes - 1 hour, till a skewer comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for an hour, then remove the cake and place on a wire rack to cool.

This yummy cake can be served as is, or if you want it close to the real deal, simply cover with marzipan and fondant icing. The cake will last well for a week when kept in an airtight container.

Recipe slightly tweaked from: BBC Good Food.