Now hands up if you have been to Ikea and had the apple cake?
Yep, yummy right? Now if you haven’t, you should. Or you could just make the version here.
This is mine.
And this is the photo taken from the Ikea website.
The nearest Ikea is an hours drive and despite the fact that we seem to spend our lives there at the moment it’s not quite close enough for my liking.
Having had the cake there once I made it my mission to recreate it. Easy I thought, a quick google showed it wasn’t quite so easy.
So this is my version. I think it might even be better than Ikea’s but what do I know….
Here is what you need….
-150grm plain flour
-50grm butter/marg/butterliscious etc
-30grm caster sugar plus another 100grm
-apples (not cooking) about 8 or so
– cinnamon/ground ginger/nutmeg/cloves
-arrowroot or for flour
-Creme Fraiche/cream to serve
First off add the flour 30grm of sugar and marg to a bowl
-juice and zest of a lemon
Gently rub the butter into the flour with your fingers til it looks like sand
Now get a springform cake pan and press the mixture firmly into the pan base.
Press it up the sides of your pan as well to make a pie type edge.
Pop it in the oven on about 150 degrees for about 10 mins.
When it is done it will look like this.
Now chop up your apples. If you are a stickler you can peel them but erm… I hate peeling stuff! You want them into about centimetre thick slices.
Grab a pan and chuck in about 50grm of butter and 100grm of caster sugar.
Melt them together until the sugar is less granular but not brown.
Throw in your apple and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 of ground ginger and 1 of nutmeg plus 4 cloves.
Stir it all around and make sure all the apple is coated.
Add the juice and zest of a lemon.
Cook it all down. It will look dry for a while but the juice will come out of the apples as they cook.
Once it looks like this you are ready to add the arrowroot. Mix 1 tablespoon with water into a smooth liquid. Add to the bubbling liquid and stir like mad.
All the liquid should become thick and gloopy.
Now pile your apples into your pie case. Keep the apples under the level of the pastry so that they don’t stick to the pan.
Bake on 150 again for about 20 mins.
Take it out and scoff it with cream…. Nom nom….
Let me know if you make it!