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    Brilliantly British apple and walnut cakes

    Tea is the quintessential British drink to serve with cake. Try Teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey - its floral, citrus notes balance the cake's sweetness. 

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: cook 20–25 mins
    • Total time: 45 mins plus cooling

    Makes: 12


    250g essential Waitrose Self-raising Flour
    100g butter, at room temperature, diced
    Pack of 4 Best of British Apples, coarsely grated
    75g walnuts, coarsely chopped
    125g light brown muscovado sugar
    1 large Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg
    ½ tsp Cooks’ Homebaking Vanilla Extract
    100ml essential Waitrose semi-skimmed milk
    100g essential Waitrose soft cheese
    100g icing sugar, sifted
    ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    2 tbsp Cooks’ Homebaking Crystallised Sprinkling Stem Ginger


    1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC, gas mark 5. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Place the flour in a large bowl then, using your fingertips, rub 50g of the butter into the flour until it’s well blended. Stir in the grated apples, walnuts and brown sugar.

    2. Beat together the egg, vanilla and milk then stir into the apple mixture. Divide between the paper cases and bake for 20–25 minutes until firm and golden. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

    3. Beat together the remaining butter and soft cheese until smooth, then mix in the icing sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over the top of the cooled cakes and sprinkle with crystallised ginger. 

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    Cook’s tip

    For a firmer frosting, chill the icing before spreading onto the cakes.


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