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    Apple, Cider and Spice Cake

    A delicious homemade cake to serve for tea or as a dessert, with cream or custard. Enjoy it with tea or a glass of chilled cider.

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes
    • Cooking time: 60 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    • A little butter for greasing the tin
    • 125ml Waitrose French Cider
    • 70g Unsalted butter
    • 175g Dark muscovado sugar
    • 2 Waitrose Free Range Eggs (small),beaten
    • 200g Waitrose Organic Self Raising Flour, sifted
    • 1tsp Mixedspice
    • 1tsp Cinnamon
    • 250g Braeburn apples
    • To decorate
    • 1 Large Braeburn Apple, thinly sliced
    • 50g Apricot jam

    Method

    1. Grease and line an 18cm round cake tin with baking parchment.Peel, core and dice the apples into 5mm cubes. Cook over a low heat with the cider until slightly soft and the cider has been absorbed.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then gradually add the eggs.
    3. Fold in the flour, mixed spice and cinnamon followed by the softened apples.
    4. Put the mixture into the prepared tin and arrange the thinly sliced apples in a spiral over the top of the cake.
    5. Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C, gas mark 3, for approximately 1 hour.
    6. If the apples brown too quickly, cover the tin loosely with foil and continue to cook until a skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
    7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for fifteen minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. When the cake has cooled brush the whole cake with hot apricot jam.
    8. Make a thin icing by mixing some of the remaining cider with 25g of icing sugar and brush over the cake, on top of the cooled apricot jam.

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