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This Apple and Almond cake has a history. It was originally an Apple and Walnut cake. I got the recipe from my friend Gill, who made it for us in May in Canberra (delicious). 

Gill got the recipe from our friend Jodi (as in Jodi and Andrew of Bretzels fame). 

Jodi, I think, got the recipe from our friend Larry's Mum's sister. Or something. Might have been his grandmother's sister. 

Anyway, this cake is SO YUMMY and you have to try it. I cut the sugar in half and it's still great, and as I don't adore walnuts as much as I adore toasted almonds, I used those instead. I also changed the spices and added more… I love apple and spice.

here 'tis:

Apple and Almond Cake

2 Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup raw sugar
125g melted butter
1.5 cups plain flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup rough chopped toasted almonds (or raw walnuts. Whatever you like.)
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp bicarb soda


Cut the apples into chunks and mix with the sugar and nuts (I left my apple unpeeled.) Beat the egg into the cooled butter and add to the apple mix. Mix the flour, the bicarb and your spices into apple mix. Spoon into ring tin and bake for 30 mins at 180 deg.

Jodi had warned me that when you spoon it into the pan it looks so chunky you don;t think it will become a cake. Very true. But it comes out as an excellent cake. 

Not sure how kid friendly it is really – depends on your stance on nuts. 

More for us. 


We've got two birthdays this weekend so we got busy making cards today. 

This is a fun little craft project for kids:


I drew the stems, the kids pasted on the "flowers" (coloured mini muffin cases.)






Happy birthday to my darling friend Ness, and to my nephew Nate, 2 already.

See you on Monday, have a wonderful weekend.


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