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Apple Walnut Slice

Apple Walnut Cake|BakeSlave by Nat Yusop

This recipe for a classic apple walnut cake was given to me by a dear aunt, who, in her younger days, was a prolific home-baker who made legendary double-chocolate cakes. I vouch that hers was (and is) the original Death By Chocolate chocolate cake ahead of its time, for even in its “double” chocolatey-ness, it was sublime. Alas, that would be a blogpost far in the future making because I have not come even close to replicating her chocolate cake recipe. But I digress…

I don’t know if I did this one justice either because I made a couple of tweaks here and there: I sprang for some good French butter, used less sugar, halved the number of eggs, doubled the amount of walnuts, didn’t weigh the grated apples, used more milk and made it in a different cake pan! I am such a deviant cook, I know. 

There, that was a heavy confession.

Apple Walnut Cake|BakeSlave by Nat Yusop

But as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Flavour-wise, I loved how the delicate French butter and nutmeg accented the floral notes of the Granny Smith apples. This cake is definitely the kind of bake that you’d want to tuck into warm, fresh from the oven, with a good dollop of crème fraîche on the side.

Seeing how I took such liberties with the recipe amounts, I think “slice” is the more appropriate term for this cake, as the cake crumb was predictably more dense, almost close-textured.

Apple Walnut Cake|BakeSlave by Nat YusopMy aunt’s original recipe is as follows:

250 g all purpose flour
A pinch of salt
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
250 g unsalted butter, softened
250 g caster sugar (I used 150 g)
6 eggs, beaten (I used 3 eggs)
A dash of mace (or nutmeg) (I used a teaspoon of nutmeg)
6 tablespoons water (I omitted this)
3 tablespoons evaporated milk (I used 9 tablespoons of full cream milk)
Juice from 1/2 a lemon 
Lemon zest
50g walnuts, chopped (I used 110 g of walnuts)
2 medium sized Granny Smith apples, grated (I used 2 large Granny Smiths)

Just like the zucchini cakes I’ve made before, this recipe gets by with elbow grease (or a hand-mixer).

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C, and line a 8″ square tin. My aunt made hers in two loaf pans, so this is more of a banana bread type of “cake” if you know what I mean.

2. Roughly grate your apples, skin and all. I added the lemon juice and zest to the apples so that it stops the apples from turning brown.

3. Next, break up the walnuts by hand, or, if you insist, bash them with a rolling pin. I like ’em chunky!

4. Work on the dry mix: bung the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg into a bowl and mix well. Set this aside.

5. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, then add the eggs in one by one.

6. Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 3 tablespoons of milk and fold in gently with a spatula.

7. Then fold in the grated apples, leached apple juice included.

8. Fold in about 3/4 of the chopped walnuts.

9. Pour your batter into your lined tin then sprinkle the reserved walnuts on top. Super simple recipe!

It took about 40 minutes in my oven; but do watch your cake around the halfway mark.

Cakes bake better with a time cue for a guide but the visual (and smell cue!) is the best guide! As per norm, test for done-ness with the toothpick/skewer test.

And you are done! Tuck in when the cake is still warm, trust me. Tremendously scrummy with a good cuppa.

Have you made something similar? Or have other fruit-nut combos to suggest? Do drop me a line; I’d love to hear from you 😀

Bake Someone Happy! Xoxoxo

12 comments on “Apple Walnut Slice

  1. radhika25
    November 29, 2013

    And here I was trying to get my presentation ready for next Wednesday! You’ve made me drool and get distracted.

  2. Nina
    November 30, 2013

    Green apples check! Walnuts check! hmm might bake this, this weekend. If am not too lazy.. hehe. 🙂

  3. Fae's Twist & Tango
    December 1, 2013

    Hi Nat !!!
    First, I missed your posts. Your apple walnut slice looks delectable. That is fig on the top right? In the ‘Reader’, I thought it was a split eggplant. 😀 ))) Your photography is beautiful.
    To respond to your question: I have a similar dessert post, Apple Cake with Walnuts & Raisins. Check my ‘Recipe Index’.
    xoxo Fae.

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      December 1, 2013

      Hi Fae! I’ll drop by your blog after this for a recipe study, heh heh! Thanks for the heads up!

      It WAS a fig, a dehydrated one at that. I just thought the plate had too much yellow and wanted some contrast. Glad it hit the right spot!

  4. ohlidia
    December 2, 2013

    Oh, this apple walnut slice looks delicious Nat! And I LOVE deviant cooks! 🙂 They bake and cook the yummiest foods!

  5. thehungrymum
    December 6, 2013

    Looks lush! French butter – yum! I could just eat that by the spoonful…

  6. latone
    February 5, 2014

    tsk tsk tsk how naughty of you…..err…sekejap ya, while I go wipe the drool off….

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