Today was a beautiful sunny day in the South West of England and South Wales, and I spent my morning at a Job Interview.
Naturally for someone who finds talking to their friend’s difficult enough at times, I find Job Interviews a wee bit scary and traumatic.
There was only one thing to do and that was bake my stress away.
This is probably why I am overweight.
The cake today was baked in order to use up two jars of apple sauce that were preventing my cupboard door from closing and had been for about 7 months ever since I first bought them.
I bought them to make a recipe called ‘Triple Apple Cake’ from a recipe book I have on my Kindle called ‘Insulin Resistance Diet Plan & Cookbook: 101 Vegan recipes’ by Patricia Karnowski which I bought in a panic one day when I was convinced I had PCOS. Turns out I only sort-of have it.
My recipe was ‘adapted’ from their recipe. In that it closely follows it and then I throw a whole bunch of things into the mix.
My recipe is crucially not Vegan, so if you want the vegan recipe I’ll explain where I deviated from the original recipe.
Also the recipe book uses Cups as measurements, so I have done similar. If you are adapting then make sure you check the measurements against liquid/dry.
THE AAA THERAPY CAKE
(These ingredients all feature in the original recipe, but I used different amounts)
1 apple, sliced very thinly (you could use more, the original recipe uses three but my bowl was looking crowded)
1 Cup of dried apple rings cut into very small pieces.
1 1/2 Cups of apple sauce-here I used my two 185g jars of apple sauce which are from the Morrison’s Savers range as one jar equalled roughly 3/4 of a cup.
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 1/2 cups of oats – my oats were premixed with skimmed milk powder, which I do to make instant porridge ala Jack Monroe, this may or may not have had some factor on my end cake. I think you should be fine with just oats.
Vanilla – I used a very generous ‘splodge’ of vanilla bean paste
lots of cinnamon and a little bit of nutmeg. I personally think things can’t have enough cinnamon or vanilla and nutmeg, but use your own tastebuds.
THIS IS WHERE THE RECIPE DEVIATES
2 tablespoons of greek yoghurt
1 cup of self raising flour
Chop the apples (both dried and fresh)
Put all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Add the applesauce and the beaten egg and yoghurt. Mix until it all looks lumpy and sticky (this shouldn’t take too long)
Squish into a greased cake tin, I used a loose bottom big bad boy.
Put in the oven at gas mark 5 for about 40 minutes until you do the skewer test and it comes out clean.
Please don’t ask me what Gas Mark 5 is on a proper oven, I do not know 🙂
When it is ready try to contain your hunger and leave it to cool for 5 or so minutes on a wire rack. When it is still fairly warm cut yourself a piece, have a cup of tea, and add a squirt of that weird toffee sauce in your cupboard that you can’t even remember where it came from.
Take said cake into the living room where the Artist Boy is painting and say ‘Look! Whilst you were ‘creating’ so was I!’