2. Cinnamon and Apple Cake

Cinnamon and apples are one of those perfect combinations. They make a wonderful cake! As I don´t like sultanas, I´d use an alternative dried fruit such as chopped dates. Fortunately, this recipe is easy to tailor to your own preferences.

Ingredients:

250g (9 oz) plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

200g (7 oz) caster sugar

100g (4 oz) butter

350g (12 oz) apple sauce or purée

2 tablespoons treacle

150g (5 oz) sultanas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas Mark 4

. Grease and flour fluted or straight sided tube pan.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy. Mix in apple sauce and treacle.

Gradually add the flour mixture and beat well to moisten. Fold in the sultanas.

Pour into prepared tube pan. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until skewer inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. Cake will not rise to top of pan. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan and cool on wire.

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