T his is a recipe, saved from a magazine, I had collected so long back that I don’t remember its origins. But this is a cake I have made a few times since then, with a bit of adjustments to suit our taste, though not recently.
Last week, I bought some apples which were not particularly sweet and so there were no takers for them. I’m also hosting Think Spice, Think Nutmeg this month and hadn’t yet got around to making something “nutmeggy” for it. It doesn’t seem right not to have a submission for my event, somehow. So I tweaked the recipe once more and it now includes nutmeg!
¾ cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups sugar 1 egg 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp garam masala powder 1 tsp cinnamon powder 1 tsp grated nutmeg 1 ½ tsp baking soda 1 ½ tsp baking powder ¾ tsp salt ½ cup milk 1 ¼ cups peeled, cored and diced apples (loosely packed) mixed with1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup oats ¼ cup chopped walnuts ¼ cup sugar ½ tsp cinnamon powder ½ tsp grated nutmeg 2 tbsp butter, softened
Cream the butter and sugar well. Gradually add the egg, and mix till well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as well. Sieve all the dry ingredients together and alternately add a little of this and the milk, mixing till all the ingredients and milk are finished. Now fold the apple pieces into the batter and pour into a greased and floured cake tin. The batter would be a little bit thicker than for some cakes, so do not be tempted to add a bit more milk to adjust the consistency. If you do, you will end up with a cake where the streusel sinks into the cake! This is experience talking. Of course, the cake would still taste as good. Run the oats a couple of times in a mixer/grinder (do not powder) if you do not like to see the oats in the streusel. Mix this well, using your fingers, with all the ingredients for the streusel topping. Sprinkle this evenly over the cake batter. Bake at 180C for about 35 minutes. Cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, remove and cool on rack. This apple cake, not too sweet yet full of a combination of spices, goes well with coffee or tea. My Spiced Apple Cake is my submission for Think Spice, Think Nutmeg.