I’m not sure if my neighbours love me or hate me for the constant stream of cooking smells that fill our stairwell but I think they’d be happy tonight with the smell of warm sweet spiced apples in the air. Hiding from the cool Autumn wind as the sun went down at the football this afternoon, I was craving an apple pie – not just any old apple pie, this melt-in-your-mouth Appeltaart from Cafe Winkel in Amsterdam…
But when I got home, the bother to make pastry just wasn’t there. Then I remembered Teresa Cutter’s recent post about a Golden Delicious apple cake – sugar free, wheat free, gluten free and diary free! I had all the ingredients – and will confess to this Apple pie craving starting days ago, so I made sure to pick up some apples in case the mood to bake struck me over the weekend.
I love Golden Delicious apples – sweeter and softer than other varieties, in their pretty citrus yellow skins and the batch I picked up still had their delicate stalks attached. They remind me of the apples in a still life painting, sitting in a fruit bowl alongside the Bure Bosc pears.
Other than satisfy my need, what else is good about this cake? Apples are high in fiber and contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which is great for your digestive system. The soluble fiber is known as pectin which helps lower cholesterol, keep you regular and stabilize blood sugar as well as decrease the appetite and fill you up for hours. The addition of omega 3 rich walnuts add texture and crunch – walnuts are another great source of fiber and they’re packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The egg and almond meal also add protein that helps to stabilise the cake.
This cake was moist and delicious with just a hint of vanilla and cinnamon to compliment the naturally sweet apples. Yum. My only disappointment was not having enough time to make some custard to go with it! Teresa Cutter also does a great healthier version of this… next time.
Healthy Golden Delicious apple cake
Serves: 12; Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 1 ½ hours (plus 2 hours cooling)
800g Golden delicious apples, about 6 apples chopped into small chunks with skin on
2 cups (200g) almond meal
1 cup (127g) walnuts
¼ cup (57g) oil – macadamia nut, avocado or olive oil
¼ cup (89g) honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 free range organic eggs
– Preheat oven to 150’C
– Combine apples, almond meal, half the walnuts and cinnamon then add the oil, honey, vanilla and eggs. Mix through until well combined
– Prepare a 20 cm baking tin with baking paper lining the base and sides of the tin
– Press the cake mixture carefully into the tin, making sure all the apples are pressed down firmly into the mix then sprinkle top with walnuts
– Bake for 1 ½ hours – check after 45 minutes to make sure the cake is still ok and that the oven temperature is good
– Rest in the tin for 2 hours before removing to allow time to settle or eat straight away as a pudding – the mix will fall apart slightly if eaten straight away but that’s ok