Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Danish apple and prune cake...

it's been a really Scandi day today....just got back from Ikea...having bought some frames(for xmas pressies to go inside!), Swedish chocolate(yum),and a few little gifts for the cute!
Ikea is SUCH a great place for stocking fillers AND plate of bacon,beans,hash brown and scrambled egg...1 British pound(no wonder the line-up was ridiculously long)! BRILLIANT!...a definite must...because it's hard to shop on an empty stomach.
So...this is the Danish Cake which I made for Melody's evening out the other day...
VERY simple...and absolutely deeeeeeelish...
Try it and tell me what you think. I think it's the perfect coffee cake for an afternoon with friends.

Here's the recipe...I got it out of one of my Mum's collections of recipes(she loves to funny,I could sit for hours going through her cupboards and drawers and never get board!).


For the Batter:
140g butter
200g caster sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
85g self-raising flour
115g ground almonds
125ml milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp boiling water
1/2 tsp baking powder

Other ingredients:
8 stoned prunes,chopped
115g shelled walnuts(I used hazelnuts)
2 tbsp sugar
2 green apples cored and sliced
3 tbsp sugar
ground cinnamon

Cream together all the ingredients for the batter in a food processor, running it for 10 seconds. Run a spatula round the bowl and process for another 5 seconds. pour into a well buttered 10inch/25cm round cake tin.

Place the prunes on the batter. Spoon over the walnut and sugar mixture. Arrange the apple slices on top of the nuts.
Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees C/375 degrees F for 45 mins.

Sprinkle the surface with sugar and some cinnamon. Dot with butter and bake for another 20-25 mins until a skewer runs clean(I think I kept mine in for 10 minutes too long...waiting for the skewer to run clean...but I think the cake needs to be slightly gooey, I suppose it's a personal choice though) in the tin, and ENJOY!

Hope you like really don't even notice that there are prunes in it...I loved it.
Until tomorrow.


Char said...

what's caster sugar? but it sounds very delish.

and the breakfast sounds divine.

i'm always sad that we do not have an ikea here. the nearest one is 200 miles away.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Sorry...just fine sugar...caster is inbetween granulated and powder(icing)...
WOW...200 miles away is far!

Jaime said...

Looks yummy! I would like this for xmas morning breakfast w/ some coffee, hehe :)

Tabiboo said...

One British pound 'wow' that is a bargain - it's a shame we live so far away from an Ikea down here!!

The recipe looks divine - another one for my book.

Have a lovely evening - it was snowing earlier!!

Nina x

Jen said...

IKEA is a family favorite. Everytime I'm in Southern California it is on my to-do list!!!

Looks yummy!!!

Silke said...

Oh, that sounds delicious! I'll definitely be trying that... Isn't Ikea great? We have one in Atlanta (about three hours drive from us), so when we visit Atlanta, we always stop at Ikea. Glad you are having a wonderful time with your family!! Hugs, Silke

PROVINS said...

Oh didnt now you were danish!! Guess its good with a danish comment on your scandi day :-)
Remember to make gløgg!!

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