Pink lady apple, star anise, almond and honey slab

After purchasing an abundance of first season pink lady apples, I had a massive surplus that were just past that delicious sharp crisp stage.  The only thing to do with apples in this state is to cook them!   My apple cake is a little retro, but who cares.  Its simple, delicious and super quick to make.   This is exactly the kind of thing I love to eat for breakfast when I’m sick of cereals and toast.  Perfect for picnics too, it carries well and looks all rustic and lovely when its still in the pan.

Ingredients

Topping

4 small peeled and diced (or sliced) pink lady apples

2 star anise

1 cinnamon quill

honey

ground cinnamon

Base

2 cups of freshly ground nuts – I used mixed nuts but plain ground almonds will be perfect also

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

2 really good tablespoons of honey

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup olive oil

Method

Preheat oven to 180 deg.  Grease a 19cm square pan.

Cover apple, cinnamon, and star anise with water, bring to boil and cook until tender.  Cool

Meanwhile place ground nuts, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, mix until combined.

Add milk, eggs and oil and mix until combined.  Add wet ingredients to dry and gently fold until combined.  Pour into prepared pan, top with cold apple, dust with ground cinnamon and bake for about 45 mins or until firm to the touch.

Remove from oven and drizzle with honey while still hot.

When cool, cut and devour!.  This would be awesome for dessert served with yoghurt or thick cream.

My additional notes

There is no reason why you cant bake this cake using wheat flour – just replace the grounds nuts with SR flour and remove the baking powder.  I personally prefer to bake with ground nuts most of the time, as I like the texture.