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30.10.11

Hint-of-Christmas Cakes

You just know Christmas is on its way when supermarkets have displays units dotted around the store in every available space full of chocolates, cakes and nuts.
Mmmm nuts (steady!!)
I think there should be a law that every house, at Christmas time, should have a bowl of assorted nuts somewhere. Accompanied with a nutcracker of course.

Cinnamon and apple candles.
Ooooo the smell of Christmas.
Everyone knows the smell of Christmas, and most love it.
The smell of mince pies, Christmas Cakes and Christmas puddings but in simple candle form. 0 calories! Who can complain?! (Of course I am not suggesting eating these candles)

Using some ingredients I just happened to have around and some mixed spice seasoning my mum no longer needed and passed on to me, I set about making some "hint-of-christmas cakes".
They smell like Christmas.
They taste like Christmas.
But they aren't Christmas cakes so its not like you're celebrating Christmas early ;-)

You will need....
125g butter
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
2 teaspoons of mixed spice seasoning
1 Bramley Apple
Raisins (handful of)
Chopped hazelnuts (handful of)
1 teaspoon of Golden Syrup

In a saucepan cook one Bramley apple (cubed and cooked in 1 teaspoon of demerera sugar and a tiny bit of water)
Once the apple chunks are soft, add a handful of raisins, and golden syrup.
Stir and leave to cool.

Add butter and sugar to a bowl and mix. Then add 1 egg and some flour, mix, add the 2nd egg and some flour, mix, then fold and mix the rest of the flour.
Add the mixed spice and mix again.
Add a handful (I used approx 50g) of chopped hazelnuts. Mix.
Then add the apple mixture and stir.

Transfer the mixture into cake cases (I was able to make 16) and then place in a preheated oven, 180 degrees, for 22 minutes (fan assisted oven)

Once cooked, eat warm (although they can seem a tiny bit soggy due to the apple) or leave to fully cool down.

These are so yummy that my husband, who is not a fan of apples, even ate one as did Charles! (He normally only takes one bite or just eats half.)
They are moist, have plenty of flavours which really go together well. Plus a variety of textures.

MERRY HINT-OF CHRISTMAS!

Please excuse the lack of photos. My netbook has died (RIP)