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Friday, August 10, 2012

Amira's Coconut, Apple and Almond Logs


A lovely alternative to the apple pie using cake as a base and topped with almonds.  A photo will follow soon !  (makes 12 small muffin size logs, can also be made into a cake)

Ingredients

Cake

2 cups self raising flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
1 lemon, zest only
1 teas bicard soda
4 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup vegi oil

Almond Topping
75g unsalted butter
45g caster sugar
1 ½ teas vanilla essence
185g flaked almonds
3 tab milk
770g can of pie apples

Cake Method:

1.                  Mix dry ingredients in bowl.
2.                  Beat eggs and oil together in another bowl.
3.                  Pour egg and oil mixture to dry ingredients.
4.                  Stir lightly and thoroughly together with wooden spoon – do not overmix or use electric beaters or cake will be tough.
5.                  Place ¾ of mixture in a bowl and use this to divide amongst 12 small logs.
6.                  Place apples in a large bowl and using a potato masher to mash.
7.                  Divide apples amongst the logs, top with the rest of the cake mixture, top with almond mixture.
8.                  Bake at 180oC – 40 minutes.

Almond Topping Method:

Place all ingredients in a medium size saucepan and stir over heat until butter has melted and sugar dissolved.  Stir all together until combined.

Amira's Crunchy Cake

Here's a lovely recipe with a crunchy middle and top.  Great with coffee and a chat or in that lunchbox.


(Makes medium size loaf)

Ingredients
Cake
2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup sunflower oil
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ¾ cups self raising flour, sifted

Crumble Middle and Topping
½ cup brown sugar
2 tab plain flour, sifted
2 teas cinnamon
40 grams unsalted butter, melted
½ cup walnuts, finely chopped

Method

1.                  Preheat oven to 180oC (170oC fan-forced).
2.                  Grease and line a 11cm x 21 cm loaf pan and set aside.
3.                  In a large bowl mix with a balloon whisk eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.  Add sifted flour alternatively with milk, stir gently with a wooden spoon. 
4.                  Place ½ cake mixture in pan, add ½ crumble mixture, top with the other half of cake then add the other ½ crumble mixture.
5.                  Bake in oven 180oC (170oC fan-forced) for 40 minutes or until cooked.

Crumble

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with finger tips.