Chunky Apple Cake

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May 14, 2013 by Bloke In A Kitchen

My daughter absolutely loves fruit, but sometimes I still find myself with a small collection of half eaten apples leftover from trips to the park, or realise there’s still a few lurking in the fridge that are probably past their best.  This was a brilliant way to transform them back into something truly delicious again!

Ingredients

225g self-raising flour

1 rounded teaspoon baking powder 

1 level teaspoon mixed spice

½ level teaspoon ground cinnamon

Eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into small bite-sized pieces (about 400g)

3 medium sized free range eggs, beaten

75g spreadable butter / margarine

175g sugar

Grated zest of 1 orange

1 tablespoon milk (if required, should the cake mixture be a little too dry)

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4

Begin by sifting the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and ground cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.

Place the apple pieces in a bowl and coat them with one tablespoon of the sieved flour mixture.

Then add the eggs, butter and sugar to the rest of the flour.  Mix well until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Mix in the grated orange zest, and the diced apple.

If the mixture seems a little dry, add a tablespoon of milk.

Spoon the cake mix into a greased / lined 20cm loose-based round tin, and level it off with the back of a spoon.

Bake in centre of the oven for one hour, or until the cake feels springy in the centre when lightly pressed with a fingertip and just shows signs of shrinking away from the edge of the tin.

Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

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