This is an amazing cake. I’ve prepared it for one of my student, she is vegan and I wanted to show everyone that cooking vegan doesn’t mean less flavorful than any other food.
This recipe comes from Vegan Society web site, I added some little changes that worked beautifully.
Just a note: I am not Vegan. But if some of my students has a special requirement, I always do my best to accommodate her/him. No question asked 🙂
- 500gr cooking apples (or any apple you have), peeled and sliced
- 115g organic vegetable oil
- 115g raw coconut sugar (or raw vane sugar)
- 115g sultanas
- 75g candied peel
- 2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbs boiling water
- 120g wholemeal flour
- 130 self raising flour
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground allspice
What you do. First: Switch on your oven before anything else. 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes.
- Cook the apples, sugar, spices and sultanas in the minimum of water. When they are soft, mash with a fork .
- Set aside the apples to cool.
- Once the apples are room temperature, add oil.
- Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add it to the fruit/oil mixture.
- Add the flours sifted together and mix in.
- Pour it into a very well greased cake tin, sprinkle a generous handful of demerara sugar on the top (for a beautiful and crunchy top)
- Bake at 350ºF/180ºC/Gas Mark 4 for 45 mins to an hour.
And now some narratives.
What makes my classes special?
This is a “Behind the Scenes” of one of my cooking classes so you can discover what makes my classes special, for me at least.
Usually classes are in the morning – doors open at 10.30 and the class starts around 10.45.
This will give everyone time to come, have a nice cup of Italian espresso (or tea), have a chat, get to know each other and wait for everyone to arrive.
But that is just the end of my preparations.
This is what happens before:
06.00: I wake up (without the need of the alarm!). I LOVE running classes, it’s like having special guests arriving soon. just can’t stay in bed!
06.30: I finish my first strong coffee reading the news, preparing a second one while planning the class
07.30: Pizza dough ready for proofing and Carrot and Ginger Soup simmering
08.30: Baking time – pudding of the day. Today vegan apple cake
09.30: Kitchen set up – cleaning the kitchen, all tools and ingredients ready for my students including table set for three course Italian lunch.
10.00: Coffee pot ready with freshly brewed coffee, kettle ready for tea. Last check to my clothing and hair… nothing fancy , something that says ”You are Welcome”.
10.30: Doorbell rings and the show begins …
Today I had Pizza and Gelato class. A fantastic group, the laughs and smiles lit my house with a special light.
I really do appreciate every student who walks through the door and thank you all for sharing your time with me. Keep in touch for new classes coming up.