Apple pepper pot cake

Apple pepper pot cake

Serves 14

  • For the caramelly sauce:

  • 200 g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing

  • 200 g golden caster sugar

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 level teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 3 tablespoons clotted cream or single cream

  • For the sponge:

  • 6-7 small/medium eating apples, quartered and cored

  • 125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 125 g golden caster sugar

  • 2 large free-range eggs

  • 225 g self-raising flour, sifted

  • ½ level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 200 ml good-quality dry cider

  • zest of 2 oranges

Grease the bottom and sides of a 24cm circular cake tin and line with greaseproof paper. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Put the cubed butter for your sauce into a saucepan large enough to hold all your apple quarters in one layer. Add the caster sugar, molasses and ground spices then gently bring everything to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce starts to thicken. Be careful because caramel is very hot and can burn badly. At this point, add the quartered apples and cook for a few minutes while you make the sponge, but keep a close eye on them and stir occasionally so they don't catch.



Cream together the butter and sugar for the sponge, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing them in as you go. Fold in half the flour, the bicarbonate of soda and the cider. The mixture might look like it's splitting, but don't worry. Mix well, then fold in the remaining flour and the zest from the oranges, and stir again.



Put the prepared cake tin on to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (just in case any hot caramel seeps out during cooking). Spoon the sticky apples into the bottom of the tin in a fairly even layer, along with any of the caramel that happens to come with them. Put the pan with the remaining caramel aside for later, then pour the sponge batter over the apples and give it a jiggle to spread the mixture out a bit. Put the cake tin and baking tray into the hot oven on the middle shelf to cook for around 35 to 40 minutes. Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake after 35 minutes – if it comes out clean the cake's ready, if not, just bake for a further 5 minutes.



Once cooked, let the cake cool for 10 minutes (no longer or you won't be able to turn it out). Warm the reserved caramel on a low heat and gently stir in the cream. Go back to your cake and spoon away any escaped caramel so it can't burn you, then pop a serving plate on top of the cake and quickly and confidently flip it over. Ease the tin off the overturned cake, then cut into wedges and serve with the remaining sticky, creamy caramel sauce drizzled on top.

Nutritional Information

Apple pepper pot cake

With sticky caramel sauce

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This spiced apple cake has all the traits of a perfect pudding – it's gooey, spongy and very moreish
Serves 14
1h 25m (plus cooling time)
Not too tricky
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This sticky, spongy, gorgeous pudding is my homage to Bristol. I perfected it there by taking most of the spices that the lovely Guyanese family I met put into their incredible pepper pot meat stew, and using them to add mega flavour to this otherwise classic apple sponge. These spices would have been introduced during the colonial era via Bristol's ports, and now they're in so many of the foods we love. Feel free to use pears, quinces or peaches in this sponge. It's a flexible recipe. And if you don't have any molasses handy, a tablespoon of black treacle plus a tablespoon of golden syrup will do the same job.

Grease the bottom and sides of a 24cm circular cake tin and line with greaseproof paper. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Put the cubed butter for your sauce into a saucepan large enough to hold all your apple quarters in one layer. Add the caster sugar, molasses and ground spices then gently bring everything to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce starts to thicken. Be careful because caramel is very hot and can burn badly. At this point, add the quartered apples and cook for a few minutes while you make the sponge, but keep a close eye on them and stir occasionally so they don't catch.

Cream together the butter and sugar for the sponge, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing them in as you go. Fold in half the flour, the bicarbonate of soda and the cider. The mixture might look like it's splitting, but don't worry. Mix well, then fold in the remaining flour and the zest from the oranges, and stir again.

Put the prepared cake tin on to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (just in case any hot caramel seeps out during cooking). Spoon the sticky apples into the bottom of the tin in a fairly even layer, along with any of the caramel that happens to come with them. Put the pan with the remaining caramel aside for later, then pour the sponge batter over the apples and give it a jiggle to spread the mixture out a bit. Put the cake tin and baking tray into the hot oven on the middle shelf to cook for around 35 to 40 minutes. Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake after 35 minutes – if it comes out clean the cake's ready, if not, just bake for a further 5 minutes.

Once cooked, let the cake cool for 10 minutes (no longer or you won't be able to turn it out). Warm the reserved caramel on a low heat and gently stir in the cream. Go back to your cake and spoon away any escaped caramel so it can't burn you, then pop a serving plate on top of the cake and quickly and confidently flip it over. Ease the tin off the overturned cake, then cut into wedges and serve with the remaining sticky, creamy caramel sauce drizzled on top.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 372
    19%
  • Carbs 43.5g
    17%
  • Sugar 32.1g 36%
  • Fat 20.0g 29%
  • Saturates 12.5g 63%
  • Protein 2.8g 6%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
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  • For the caramelly sauce:

  • 200 g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing

  • 200 g golden caster sugar

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 level teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 3 tablespoons clotted cream or single cream

  • For the sponge:

  • 6-7 small/medium eating apples, quartered and cored

  • 125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 125 g golden caster sugar

  • 2 large free-range eggs

  • 225 g self-raising flour, sifted

  • ½ level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 200 ml good-quality dry cider

  • zest of 2 oranges