My two months in Italy already seem so far away in the past. It has only been two weeks since I’ve been back, but, as it always is, all the things you put on hold and stop worrying about when you are on holiday, come back to haunt you and to kick you in the rear as soon as you return. If, on top of that, you add meetings for a new job within hours of arriving in Sydney after an excruciatingly long flight, a family reunion in Adelaide two days later (mind you, this was great fun and we could count on an endless supply of babysitters…), two -boring- visits to the Mac Genius Bar hoping to get my laptop fixed, and two children under five both sick with colds and sore throats, then you get a the pretty picture.
This morning I decided to wake up early and start the day the right way around. Everybody is still asleep as I type this, and I’ve already fed my baby and put him back to sleep, had a hot bath in a quiet and calm environment, with no rubber ducks or squirting toys of any sort floating around me, and, most importantly, the cake is already in the oven and I can smell the lemon and the cinnamon impregnating the house with their sweet and intoxicating aromas.
Today is going to be a great day!
3 eggs, separated
200 gr (1 cup) of brown sugar
130 gr (1/2 cup) of Greek yogurt
75 ml (1/3 cup)of grape seed oil (or light olive oil, non extra-virgin)
1 teaspoon of vanilla paste (or extract)
220 gr (2 cups) of sifted self-raising flour
50 gr (1/3 cup)of Almond meal
3 table spoons of sultanas soaked for 30 minutes (or 1 minute in the microwave) in Marsala wine (or Rum)
1 table-spoon of cinnamon powder
1 grated apple
zest of 1 lemon
2 apples cut in quarters, 2 table-spoons of butter, 1 table-spoon of castor sugar
1. In a frying pan, caramelize the apple quarters with sugar, lemon zest and butter for 10 minutes.
2. Whisk the sugar with the yolks until pale and creamy. Pour in the yogurt, oil, the grated apple and vanilla and mix well then add your flours, cinnamon and the pre-soaked sultanas with two table spoons of the soaking liquid.
3. Whisk 3 egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the cake batter.
4. Pour cake mix into a cake tin lined with baking paper and top with the caramelized apples and almond flakes.
5. Bake at 170 Celsius (350 Farenheit) for around 35/40 minutes
As tough as it is, allow to cool before you cut yourself a large slice…