120 grams caster sugar
2 1/2 small red apples, halved and cored
120 grams butter, softened
70 grams ground almonds
100 grams flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
ROASTED ALMOND TOPPING
15 grams white sugar
20 grams butter, melted
30 grams almonds
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup apple juice, I used The Apple Press’s Royal Gala Cold Pressed Apple Juice
1/4 cup cream
Fresh thyme leaves for decorating
1 x 20cm cake tin
Vanilla ice cream, yoghurt or whipped cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
Cream the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between. Add the ground almonds, flour and baking powder and mix until we combined. Spoon mixture into cake tin and level.
Cut apples into thin slices and place on top of the batter, press them in slightly.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar, melted butter and almonds for topping. Once the cake has been cooking for 25 minutes, remove from oven and spoon over almonds. Bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden and firm.
Place the white sugar and apple juice in a saucepan over a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Once the liquid has become a deep amber colour, add the cream and gently stir through. Set aside to cool and thicken.
Pour half the apple caramel sauce over the cake along with some fresh thyme leaves. Serve with extra caramel sauce and ice cream, yoghurt or whipped cream.