Thanksgiving Apple Walnut Cake!

apple walnut cake

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!
Tonight you're probably having a lovely, juicy and crispy red Turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes.
But what about dessert? Will it be the traditional, yet usual Pumpkin Pie? Or will the choice be something different this time around?
Tonight, i opted to make something different! I won't go for the Pumpkins or the Sweet Potatoes, but I've gone and gotten myself the best apples, dates and walnuts!
This is a special version of Apple Cake, which I've named Thanksgiving Apple Walnut cake and it is earthy and heartwarming! Just what a person needs on a cold autumn night!
Not only will you enjoy making this cake and eating it, but you'll enjoy the smell of it all around your home as it bakes! It's the magical apple+cinnamon combination!

So, here are the ingredients, choose them with love!

butter - 25g
plain flour - 300g
wholemeal flour - 175g
brown sugar - 225g
cinnamon - 1 tsp
zest of 1 orange
baking powder - 2 tsp
baking soda - 1/2 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
sunflower oil - 175ml
3 eggs
milk - 150ml
3 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
chopped walnuts - 75g
chopped dates - 75g

Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 3. Melt the butter and lightly butter the mold, then dust with flour.

In a large mixing bowl, add plain and wholemeal flour, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix. Pour in the sunflower oil and mix until crumbly. Beat the eggs and milk together and add to the mixture. Mix.
Add the chopped apples, walnuts and chopped dates.

Spoon the mixture into the mold and put mold onto a baking tray. Cook on the top shelf for 70 minutes. Pierce with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

While the cake is cooling in the mold, prepare an orange glaze by putting 100g brown sugar, juice of one orange and 50g butter into a small saucepan. Bring this to a boil and simmer gently for a couple of minutes.

Turn the cake out onto a plate and spoon the glaze over it slowly, allowing the juice to seep into the sponge! Yum-O!
Dust with icing sugar -if you like- just before serving.
Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

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