Monday, February 20, 2012

Danish Apple and Prune Cake


I have been watching the cooking Channel more and more lately; Food Network seems to be doing more of the competition shows, and while I like those, sometimes I just want to watch someone cooking something. The Cooking Channel also has a lot of cooking shows that I have not seen before.

Last week a show caught my attention, probably because of the name - "Two Fat Ladies". On the particular episode I saw, they made this Apple and Prune Cake.


I loved this cake. It's very moist and you can really taste the nuts. This does require a bit of prep work, but it comes out beautifully and is definitely worth it.

Danish Apple and Prune Cake
from here

For the Batter:
5 ounces butter
7 ounces caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 ounces self-rising flour
4 ounces ground almonds
4 ounces milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the topping:
8 stoned prunes, chopped
4 ounces shelled walnuts, finely chopped and mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar
2 green apples, cored and sliced
3 tablespoons sugar
ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375F. Butter a 10 inch round cake tin.

In a mixer, mix the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, almonds, milk, boiling water, and baking powder together. Pour into prepared pan.

Scatter the prunes on top of the batter. Spread the walnut and sugar mixture over the batter as well. Arrange apple slices on top of the walnuts. Bake for 45 minutes.

Sprinkle surface with the 3 tablespoons sugar, ground cinnamon, and dot with butter. Bake 20-25 minutes more or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin.