Bake: Apple and Blackberry crumble dessert cake

One word – YUMO!

This is a super yummy dessert cake, delish when served warm and just as good cold the next day (I’m munching on a bit as I type)
What you need:
175g unsalted butter
150g golden caster sugar , plus 1tbsp
4 eating apples , peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges (I used braeburn)
3 large eggs, beaten
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
150g crème fraîche
150g blackberries
3-4 tbsp clear honey or maple syrup
crème fraîche or double cream, to serve
Crumble topping
50g unsalted butter
50g soft brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
75g plain flour
50g blanched hazelnuts , toasted and roughly chopped
The method:
  • Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 20cm springform tin or a loaf tin (I used a loaf tin) with baking paper.
  • To make the crumble topping, melt the butter, then mix in the soft brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and chopped hazelnuts. Heat 25g of butter in a large frying pan. Add 1 tbsp caster sugar and the apple wedges. Cook for about 10 minutes until the apples are tender and golden. Cool.
  • Beat together the remaining butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually mix in the eggs. Using a large metal spoon, fold in the flour and baking powder. Add the crème fraîche and mix until smooth.
  • Spoon roughly two-thirds of the cake mixture into the tin, spread level and scatter over one-third of the crumble. Top with the remaining cake mixture and level again. Scatter on another third of the crumble and arrange the apple wedges and blackberries on top. Finally top with the remaining crumble.
  • Bake for about 11/2 hours. Loosely cover the top of the cake with a sheet of baking parchment or foil halfway through the cooking time if it is browning too quickly.
  • Cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a serving plate. Warm the honey or maple syrup in a pan and drizzle over the cake. Serve warm with a bowl of crème fraîche or lightly whipped double cream.
And… I forgot to take a picture because my guest gobbled it up instantly!

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