Spiced Autumn Recipe
With Autumn colours in full flow right now it is the right time to start thinking about warm spice flavours. So when I was asked to create a recipe using Microplane Graters, Ginger and Apple cake seemed to be the perfect choice.
It is very simple to make, uses seasonal apples and has that warming glow that you need as the days shorten and cool down. It is very unfussy – and yet delicious!
Ginger and Apple Cake is very easy to make and reflects the Autumn colours, supplying a warming inner glow for those colder, darker days.
This is a recipe which requires minimum effort in stirring as most of the ingredients are melted first. So it really only takes five minutes to put together.
Try to use seasonal locally sourced apples where possible – especially if you make it in the Autumn. In fact if you are looking for ways to use up a glut of apples – thei recipe is ideal!
I was rather exceited to try out the Microplane Master Series graters which promise to be ‘ultra sharp’ and cut with out tearing or pullling. Microplane blades are photo-etched, long-lasting superior blades and are made in the USA.
Grating food for recipes can be messy, exhausting and disappointing with some graters but really with these graters make the process very easy. I would say effortless!
I used the smaller zester to grate the root ginger and the standard grater to finely slice the apples. Both proved very easy and quick to do. And because the blades are sharp, you get all the food in your recipe and not left behind on the grater.
The sharp cut also releases all the aroma and flavour of the food you are working with.
They also look very smart with the walnut handles – and are easy to hold and grip. Because they are sharp they come with plastic covers to protect the blades (and your fingers!) Using good, effective tools is part of having fun whilst baking. It is better to have a few excellent kitchen gadgets than many that don’t do a proper job. I think once you have tried these graters – you may not want to settle for anything less!
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I enjoy preparations and baking for the festive season – but as with all my other cooking – I like to keep it simple and fun. I don’t like over complicated recipes and cooking that is too time consuming. This cake recipe is simple enough to cook with children. You can vary the spice content too – add nutmeg and cloves to vary the flavour.
Ginger And Apple Spice Cake
- 200g self-raisng flour
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 100ml golden syrup
- 15ml black treacle
- 80g dark brown sugar
- 125g butter
- 60g root ginger
- 2 large apples
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C
- Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
- Seive the flour into a large bowl.
- Add the mixed spice and cinnamon and stir thoroughly. Set aside
- In a medium size saucepan add the syrup, treacle, sugar, butter, ginger and apple
- Heat gently to melt the sugar, butter and syrup
- Add to the flour and stir thoroughly
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl
- Add to the rest of the mix, stirring thoroughly
- Pour into the prepared tin
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean