Thursday, May 29, 2008
Rich Fruit and Nuts Cake
Imagine a lazy weekend afternoon, the late spring sunlight filling up the house through the windows, and the delicate aroma of a freshly-baked cake with fruits and spices, coming out from the oven.
Some of my favourite flavours include nuts and apples, but his time, I combined them with raisins and carrots for extra luxury and richness of taste. And of course my new favourite spice - grounded cardamom.
If you by change manage to resist the smell, you won't resist the crunchy top and edges of the cake and its soft inside.
160 ml sunflower oil
200 gr sugar
About 50 gr coarsely cut walnuts (or pecans)
1/2 cup raisins (if needed soak in water for 10 minutes before use
1 grated middle-sized apple, peeled
1-2 grated middle-sized carrots
about 200-250 gr white flour +1 tea spoon of bicarbonate of soda
the crushed seeds of 3 cardamom pods
a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
1 extra apple, peeled and cut into small rectangles.
Baking paper to line a loaf tin.
Mix the ingredients staring with the eggs, sugar and oil, and then adding the rest carefully mixing.
Put half of the mixture in the paper-lined loaf, line the apple rectangles on top, add the remaining dough and bake in 170 degrees (150 fan assisted) preheated oven for 45-50 minute, or until a toothpick put inside the cake comes out clean.
Try to resist until it's not too hot :D