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  • Writer's pictureNava

Sugar free Gluten free Almond, Apple cake

Two for the price of one Apple cake

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good bargain. I’m one of those annoying people who buys something on sale really cheaply and when I get home I force my family and/or friends to play the Guess how Much I Paid for THIS! game. At first people are generally happy to humour me, but after they don’t get the right price by the second guess they lose interest and I become a pest, but do I give up, ‘NO, I carry on, go on just

one more guess,’ I plead, ‘two at the most!’ Like a toddler after one more lolly.

My poor family must feel sorry for me and they go along for a little longer before their their enthusiasm starts to wane, and I become something of a pest., ‘Just tell us or we’re done, because we don’t care anymore, Nava. Life is too short.’

So I cave and with a beaming grin I tell them the price. Everyone pretends like they’re super impressed, relived that this infantile game which only gives me pleasure is over….

Why am I telling you this story because you’re lucky you don’t have to play the guessing game. I will tell you right now that this cake is a great bargain: you get two slices for the calories of one. Is that good or what!

Packed with natural flavour and wholesome ingredients this apple cake is my pride and joy.

I have made it before but I have joojed it up and the girls at book club gave it the thumbs up.

You too can get creative with it. add a touch of sugar or honey to suit your taste, or experiment with various nuts for an added layer of crunchy deliciousness. And if you are on the lookout for a healthier option for Rosh Hashanah. This apple cake is the ideal choice.. You’ll enjoy a couple of slices (or more) without the guilt the perfect way to start the Jewish new year!

  • 1.5 kg apples (before peeling and coring)

  • 4 Extra large eggs

  • 16g baking powder

  • 140g almond meal

  • 135g low-fat yogurt

  • 1 heaped tablespoon cinnamon or according to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • Zest of ½ an orange

  • 200g flaked almonds

Method: Pre heat the oven to 170C

1. Begin by peeling the apples and finely slicing them using a mandoline. Set them aside. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the flaked almonds and sliced apples until the mixture is well combined. 3. Add the sliced apples to the mixture. Use your hands to gently incorporate the apples, ensuring that every slice is evenly coated with the batter. 4. Line the bottom of a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper. Arrange the apple slices on top, layering them evenly. Once all the apples are placed, sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top. 5. Cover the surface of the cake with another sheet of baking paper and place baking weights on top to prevent the apples from rising unevenly during baking. 6. Bake the cake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes, adjusting the time depending on your oven's temperature. 7. Once the initial baking time is up, carefully remove the weights and baking paper from the top of the cake. 8. Return the cake to the oven and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the flaked almonds on top turn a beautiful golden brown. 9. Remove the cake from the oven, allow it to cool slightly, then slice and enjoy!

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