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Apple cinnamon mini bundt cakes

13 Jun

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How cute are mini Bundt cakes? They look so fancy and don’t require anything more than a light dusting of sugar to set them off. Whenever I see a recipe that requires baking in a mini Bundt pan I am all over it.

I saw this recipe in a back issue of my most fav magazine in the world, Donna Hay. Ms Hay called these lovelies cinnamon sugar-coated maple apple cakes, which sounds very poetic.

This is an easy cake recipe to make and would be perfect for a morning tea or dessert.

These mini bundt cakes are similar to a baked cinnamon doughnut – without the shocking amount of calories.

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GATHER:

2½ cups self-raising flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

250g butter, melted

¾ brown sugar

½ cup maple syrup

4 eggs

6 red apples, peeled and grated

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, extra

1/2 cup caster sugar

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LET’S GET TO IT

Preheat oven to 180°C and thoroughly grease the insides of a 1 cup-capacity mini Bundt pan with a non-stick baking spray.

Sift flour and cinnamon in a large bowl then stir in butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, eggs and apple and mix well to combine.

Spoon or pipe batter into the Bundt tins and bake for 18 minutes.

Remove from oven and straight away turn out onto wire rack.

Stir the extra cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl then dredge each cakes in the sugar mix and return to wire rack to cool.

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11 Mar

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A recent excursion to Bilpin in NSW introduced me to the exquisiteness of fresh apples. When I say fresh, I mean picked from the tree moments before eating. I am guilty of popping into the supermarket on my lunchbreak to stock up on apples for my daughters’ lunchboxes but after trying these amazingly fresh apples I won’t be doing that again.

I was lucky enough to be invited recently on an ‘apple adventure’ day in Bilpin, a pretty little hamlet outside of Sydney, by the lovely Belly Rumbles. Check out her blog here:  http://bellyrumbles.com/

Isn’t it great?

Anyway a group of food bloggers did a tour of an orchard, where it was all systems go in the packing sheds.

Then we visited a pick your own orchard, which was so much fun. We were given delightful little straw baskets to fill with produce, and I felt quite relaxed and happy as I chose the most wonderful apples from the tree.

The difference between freshly picked Australian apples and the often floury, picked-months-ago-and-kept-in-cold-storage numbers from the supermarket couldn’t be more stark.

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Greengrocer 1, big chains 0.

I used some of these beauties to create an easy apple ice-cream by the fabulous Donna Hay. The Hungry Dad declared it one of the best he’s ever had, which is strong praise indeed.

The best thing is, you don’t even need an ice cream maker – pretty cool, huh?Image

GATHER:

2 cups grated apples [Donna specified Granny Smiths but I used red delicious]

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

3 eggs

2 egg yolks, extra

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup caster sugar [I reduced Donna’s quantity of 1 cup]

2 cups pouring cream

crumble

½  cup slow cooking rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

100g chilled butter, chopped

2 generous shakes of cinnamon and allspice

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 LET’S GET TO IT:

Place apple, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice in a non-metallic bowl, toss and set aside.

In a large ceramic or glass bowl put eggs, extra yolks, vanilla and sugar and place over a pan of simmering water.

Using hand-held electric beaters whip for six to eight minutes, until pale and thick.

Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Place cream in bowl of electric mixer and whip until stiff peaks form. Using a big silver spoon gently fold in the egg mixture, stirring until incorporated.

Gently fold in apple.

Pour into two litre metal cake tine, cover with foil and freeze overnight.

Serve, then top with crumble.

crumble:

Place flour, sugar and oats in a bowl and rub in butter until it is the texture of lumpy sand. Sprinkle over a dash of cinnamon and allspice.

Tip onto baking pan & bake for around 15 minutes at 150C or until golden. Cool before using.

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