‘I used local belludja apples from which are very tart and make wonderful jams. You can make a plain apple loaf but the crushed cardamon seeds make it extra special. I think cardamon is under-used and it blends well with most fresh fruits. As well as having some amazing health benefits, it blends well with most fruits. This summer, I mixed cardamon with coffee to make some great bbq rubs and marinades.
This recipe also works well with rhubarb and pears but make sure that the fruit is ripe and ready to eat. I added some sparkling organic apple drink by Whole Earth for lightness of texture.’
You will need:
200g self raising flour
150g soft butter at room temperature
200g sugar [on tv I used stevia]
50 g ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamon seeds
1 vanilla pod
grated zest of an orange
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup Sparkling water
250g apples [or use cooking apples if not available]
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Finely slice the apples, skin on and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice. Or peel and cut into cubes and add them to the cake mixture.
Preparing a loaf or round tin with baking spray.
Sift the self raising flour twice into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add all the other ingredients except for the apples, lemon juice and fizzy apple drink and mix on full speed for one minute. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the fizzy apple drink little by little until you have a dropping consistency. Pour half the batter into the loaf tin and arrange a think layer of sliced apples on top. Pour the rest of the batter and overlap the thin apple slices on the top. Bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.
If you add the chopped apples to the cake instead of having slices in the top this is the result