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An Apple Cake from the Apple Isle

Apple, Raspberry and White Chocolate Crumble Cake

 

The mainland states and capital cities of Australia claim fame to many things. Melbourne, Victoria, calls itself the fashion capital and often jostles with Sydney for  the arts and sporting title. South Australia is proud of its wine country and Adelaide in particular claims fame for being the city of churches. Western Australia and Queensland are renowned for their beaches and other natural beauties. But what about Tasmania? Often our southern most neighbours are forgotten, especially with an ocean between.

You no doubt know the recipe now for how we like to spend our weekend: run, coffee, bake…relax. However this time the weekend recipe called for extra chilling time when we ventured down to Hobart, Alex’s native roots, where the temperature hovered just over single digits.

That being said, the cooler weather allowed for a wonderful weekend road trip and allowed me to (legitimately) hopfoot around in my Hunter Wellington’s.  We started with a refreshing early morning run to Shag Bay (yes that’s its name!) and  then headed to Salamanca Markets where we browsed the bustling stalls full of homemade jam, sourdoughs (and authentic sheepskin ugg boots) after which we stopped at  Machine for Breakfast. After ordering the free range bacon, then recalling the waitress to tell her I changed my mind and then stealing the bacon off Alex’s plate when our dishes arrived, we jumped back in the car and headed to Russell Falls with a picnic lunch of chicken wraps with organic hummus and homemade caramel slice on the way home.

Sunday morning saw us venture into Hobart to have a look at the Tasmanian Farm Gate Farmers Market. I was amazed to find a stall dedicated to my favourite Elgaar Farm yogurt. This yogurt is like gold in Victoria, shipped over  on the Spirit of Tasmania in limited quantities and for a pretty hefty price. To be able to buy this yogurt from the source was a real treat.

Having come to the Apple Isle we also couldn’t go home without a trip to Huonville to pick up some apples from the many orchard stands along the road. We came home with 3 bags and instantly decided on combining the apples with some of our favourite ingredients (raspberries and white chocolate) to produce an apple, raspberry and white chocolate crumble cake.

Alex’s mum suggested we make the cake using her brand new stand alone mixer as oppose to my normal handheld beaters. At first I was hesitant because the mixer had never been used (and Alex’s mum was trusting me with it!)  and I was sceptical that the cake would turn our perfectly. Having never used a standalone mixer before, I was unsure how to control the beating to avoid over mixing. I began to anticipate a flat, over beaten cake after transferring the batter a few times to different cake tins, that all appeared to be slightly too big.  However when we cut a slice, to say I was speechless is not being over dramatic. The cake looked beautiful. It was light, moist, and fluffy with the prefect crumb (I am now one step closer to not feeling  guilty if I were to splash some cash and purchase a Kitchen Aid).

To serve the cake, we made a raspberry coulis and drizzled this on top for an extra zing of flavour. This cake makes a wonderful dessert when gently heated in the microwave or served warm straight from the oven with custard or a vanilla ice cream.

Like all good things, our trip to Hobart had to come to an end and we finished with a delicious thai dinner back in Salamanca. I was treated to a seafood buffet of prawns, scallops, ling and calamari all sizzling on my plate and Alex enjoyed a delicious Thai green curry, a fantastic way to end our trip.  Our weekend trip away , probably proved the obvious, that Hobart takes the cake when it comes to fresh, delicious produce.

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An apple cake from the Apple Isle
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Sweet tender apples covered in tangy raspberries, creamy white chocolate and topped off with a sweet brown sugar crumb.
Ingredients
for the cake
  • 200g butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 185ml (3/4) cup milk
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 100-150 g white chocolate chopped
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, thickly sliced
for the crumble topping
  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 50g chilled butter, chopped
  • 55g (1/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Brush a round 20cm (base measurement) springform pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base with non-stick baking paper
  3. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add ⅓ of the combined flours sand beat on low speed until just incorporated
  6. Add ½ the milk and beat on low speed for 3 seconds
  7. repeat the above process with the remaining flour and milk, ending with flour
  8. use a metal spoon to fold through any left over flour that is not combined
  9. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and use the back of a spoon to smooth the top. arrange the apple, raspberries and white chocolate ontop
  10. to make the crumb topping, place the flour and butter in a bowl and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir or rub in the sugar.
  11. Sprinkle crumb topping over the top of the cake to cover the whole surface.
  12. Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 10 mins. Look for a golden colour to the crumb and when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean.
  13. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes until transferring to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve cake warm and drizzled with raspberry coulis is desired.

 

{ 14 comments… add one }

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks May 19, 2012, 11:43 am

    Alex, I am so happy that you stopped by my blog and I was able to discover yours. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and you have some wonderful recipes. I can’t believe it’s so new; it looks like you have been at it for years! Congrats!

    • Alex May 22, 2012, 8:43 am

      Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for stopping by, your blog and photography is an inspiration of ours and we love what you’re doing. Keep up the great work :)

      - Alex

  • Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen May 20, 2012, 11:29 am

    I’ve seen a cake like this in cake boss and am very very tempted to make this… Unfortunately, I know I’d be eating it all on my own, and that’s not very good.

    • Rani May 21, 2012, 10:21 am

      Hi Jessica,

      I know what you mean, it is so morish ( and light) that its hard to stop at one slice! The cake feezes very well, I have about half in my feezer at the moment. You can easily let it thaw or nuke it in the microwave when you want to eat it as its delish served warm! ( im probably encouraging you now!;))

      Rani

  • Katarina May 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

    This is a lovely and delicious sounding cake!

    • Rani May 21, 2012, 10:22 am

      Hi Katrina,

      Thanks for stopping by. The flavours of this cake just go so well together. I hope you get a chance to try it.

      Rani

  • jennie May 20, 2012, 8:48 pm

    Love the recipe!
    Just wondering how many eggs to put in the cake? It doesn’t say how many, just to add them one at a time!

    • Rani May 21, 2012, 10:16 am

      Hi Jennie,

      Oops, I forgot to mention that this recipe calls for 2 eggs ( min weight 59g). Hope you have success if you make the cake:)

      Rani

  • beti May 21, 2012, 2:06 am

    your photos are really amazing and that apple cake sounds and looks delicious!

  • myfudo May 21, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Love your shots! The waterfall shot really made a mark…This recipe is irresistible. Have to try the soonest =)

  • joanne May 22, 2012, 9:35 pm

    All of your travels sound like so much fun! And I almost feel like I am traveling with you due to all of this gorgeous photography. Beautiful!

    I can’t wait for apple season so I can try this cake! A wonderful combination of flavors.

    • Alex May 26, 2012, 12:24 pm

      aww thanks Joanne! We definitely do have a lot of fun :)

  • Emma June 4, 2012, 11:33 pm

    haha I have a Kitchenaid and feel so naff saying this but I love it. I feel like I can just walk away and it makes cakes for me ;)

    Your cake looks beautiful and I loved your photos of Tassie! I holidayed in Hobart a few years back and adored it so much I want to move there, it’s a wonderful place.

    • Rani June 5, 2012, 8:57 am

      Hi Emma,

      I finally succumbed and bought one and Im in heaven! Stay tuned for a post about it! Hobart is absolutely wonderful, Iv been twice now and I think a third trip will be order soon. Glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you get to try the cake in your kitchenaid.

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