Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sinful Apple Madness

I am sure you all know the story behind the "sinful" apple, so now you all understand why I gave my Apple Cake Recipe post this name; if only you could taste it...

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 Yesterday I opened th  refrigerator and I saw apples.  Immediately I new that for dessert we were going to have apple pie or apple cake. I was not sure yet. Finally I ended up with an apple cake.
After the first bite, my father-in-law said that this was perfection!!!  I don't want to be sound arrogant but he was so right! :-)

I will give you some general information about the recipe that will help you recreate the same cake as mine. I hope you like it too...

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General Information
1) Apples weighted a total of 1kg (peeled).
2) You can use less cinnamon. Do not use more; it will make your cake bitter.
3) You can use the same amount of peeled almonds instead of walnuts.
4) You can replace Cypriot zivania* with Greek Ouzo.
5) If you don’t use a silicon pan, you have to spray the sides of the pan with a non stick spray. Do not use oil or flour. Do not spay the bottom of the pan.
6) Before you cut the cake allow it to cool completely.


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Apple Cake with Cinnamon and Walnuts


Base Ingredients
2 apples (Cripps Pink or any other category that you like)
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon powder

General Instructions
1) Peel all apples, remove the seeds and put them on a bowl of cold water. Add the juice of half a lemon to the water.

Base Preparation
1) In a round silicon round pan (25cm diameter)  sprinkle  half of the sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder.
2) Then cut the apples into thin slices.
3) Place the apple slices on top of the sugar and the cinnamon clockwise.
4) Sprinkle the rest of the sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples and set aside.






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Cake Filling Ingredients
4 apples (Cripps Pink or any other category that you like)
100gr caster sugar
100gr walnuts (roughly cut)
1 tablespoon of zivania (Cypriot Zivana)*
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder

Filling Preparation
1) Cut 1 apple into very small squares and the rest into bigger squares (1cm x 1cm).
2) In a non stick pan put the apples with the sugar and cook in high heat for approximately 10’ minutes. Stir occasionally. If you see that there is now liquid left before the 10’ minutes elapsed remove from fire.
3) Add zivania and stir. Bring back to fire until the alcohol evaporates. Then add the walnuts.
4) Stir all ingredients and remove from fire. Allow to cool. Do not add cinnamon yet.



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Cake Ingredients
200gr unsalted butter
350gr caster sugar (1 ½ cup)
3 medium eggs
1 vanilla sachet
2½ cups all purpose flour
150ml evaporated milk
100gr Greek yogurt (approximately 1/3 cup)

Cake Preparation
1) Beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
2) Add one by one the eggs. Each egg has to be well mixed with the butter mixture before you add the next one.
3) Sift flour and add the vanilla sachet. Add half of the flour to the butter mixture. Then add half of the milk. Do not over mix.
4) Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the flour and the milk.
5) Finally add the yogurt and combine.

Final Instructions
1) On top of the base poor half of the cake dough.
2) Then, on top of the dough, lay the apple filling; add cinnamon (look on filling ingredients).
3) Finally add the second half of the cake dough.
4) Bake in a preheated oven, at 170ºC, for 30’ minutes. Then reduce oven temperature to 160ºC and continue baking for another 35’ minutes.
5) Allow to cool for 10’ minutes before you remove the apple cake from the pan to a wire rack to cool.
6) Serve with vanilla ice cream, icing sugar or plain.






 Now is the time to add cinnamon on top of the filling.




And now you are ready to bake...

Simply Delicious!! Trust me on this...!!!
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Apple Cake with Cinnamon and Walnuts

Base Ingredients
2 apples (Cripps Pink or any other category that you like)
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon powder


Cake Filling Ingredients
4 apples (Cripps Pink or any other category that you like)
100gr caster sugar
100gr walnuts (roughly cut)
1 tablespoon of zivania (Cypriot Zivana)*
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder


Cake Ingredients
200gr unsalted butter
350gr caster sugar (1 ½ cup)
3 medium eggs
1 vanilla sachet
2 ½ all purpose flour
150ml evaporated milk
100gr Greek yogurt (approximately 1/3 cup)


PREPARATION METHOD
General Instructions
1) Peel all apples, remove the seeds and put them on a bowl of cold water. Add the juice of half a lemon to the water.


Base Preparation
1) In a round silicon pan (25cm diameter) sprinkle half of the sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder.
2) Then cut the apples into thin slices.
3) Place the apple slices on top of the sugar and the cinnamon clockwise.
4) Sprinkle the rest of the sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples and set aside.


Filling Preparation
1) Cut 1 apple into very small squares and the rest into bigger squares (1cm x 1cm).
2) In a non stick pan put the apples with the sugar and cook in high heat for approximately 10’ minutes. Stir occasionally. If you see that there is now liquid left before the 10’ minutes elapsed remove from fire.
3) Add zivania and stir. Bring back to fire until the alcohol evaporates. Then add the walnuts.
4) Stir all ingredients and remove from fire. Allow to cool. Do not add cinnamon yet.


Cake Preparation
1) Beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
2) Add one by one the eggs. Each egg has to be well mixed with the butter mixture before you add the next one.
3) Sift flour and add the vanilla sachet. Add half of the flour to the butter mixture. Then add half of the milk. Do not over mix.
4) Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the flour and the milk.
5) Finally add the yogurt and combine.


Final Instructions
1) On top of the base poor half of the cake dough.
2) Then, on top of the dough, lay the apple filling; add cinnamon (look on filling ingredients).
3) Finally add the second half of the cake dough.
4) Bake in a preheated oven, at 170ºC, for 30’ minutes. Then reduce oven temperature to 160ºC and continue baking for another 35’ minutes.
5) Allow to cool for 10’ minutes before you remove the apple cake from the pan to a wire rack to cool.
6) Serve with vanilla ice cream, icing sugar or plain.


General Information
1) Apples weighted a total of 1kg (peeled)
2) You can use less cinnamon. Do not use more; it will make your cake bitter.
3) You can use the same amount of peeled almonds instead of walnuts.
4) You can replace Cypriot zivania* with Greek Ouzo.
5) If you don’t use a silicon pan, you have to spray it first with a non stick spray. Do not use oil or flour.
6) Before you cut the cake allow it to cool completely.


Good Luck!!

For useful information about apples please visit:  http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/apples-health-benefits/  by Well-Being Secrets 

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