Recipe: Toffee apple cake
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For me, Pesach is anything but eight days. It's an intense five weeks' hard labour; scrubbing and cleaning like a maniac. When I sit at that Seder table, I breathe a sigh of relief, because mind, body and home have had a cleansing like no other. I'm ready to face the year with positivity. This cake keeps well, tightly covered in the fridge.
● 5 large Granny Smith apples
● 250ml water
● 100g pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
● 250g brown sugar
● 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
● 4 eggs
● 250g sugar
● 125ml oil
● 1 tsp vanilla essence
● 250g matzo cake meal
● ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda BP (or Geffen Baking Soda for Passover) dissolved in 65ml water
● 125g raisins
For the toffee sauce:
● 125ml cold water
● 200ml brown sugar
● 125 ml non-dairy creamer
● Preheat the oven to 170 °C.
● Peel, core and cut the apples into eighths and place them in a small saucepan, cover with the water and bring to the boil.
● Once boiling, switch off the heat, stir and cover. Allow the apples to stand in the hot liquid until cool.
● Mix the pecan nuts, sugar and cinnamon well in a bowl and set aside.
● In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Add the oil and vanilla essence and beat until well combined.
● Stir in the matzo meal and dissolved bicarbonate of soda.
● Pour half the batter into a rectangular baking tin (a 20 cm-square foil container will also do) and sprinkle over half of the pecan mixture.
● Combine the apples and raisins and spoon half over the pecan layer.
● Pour over the other half of the batter, followed by the remaining apples and raisins. Sprinkle over the remaining pecan mixture and bake for 1 hour, then switch the oven off and leave it in for 15 -20 minutes.
● To make the sauce, dissolve the sugar in the water over a low heat then bring to the boil. If using white sugar, allow the sugar to turn a caramel colour. Remove from heat and add creamer. Mix well and pour over cake as it comes out of the oven.
South African Sharon Lurie is the author of "Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher's Wife" published by Struik LIfestyle