Apple Walnut Cake

apple walnut cake
Vanilla and saffron flavoured cake with fresh apples, strawberries and crunchy walnuts, pistachios.

Whole Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Apples - 2
Strawberries - 3 medium
Unsalted Butter - 8 tbsp (1/4 pound)
Walnuts/Akrot - 1/4 cup
Pistachios - 5
Light Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 4
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
Baking Powder - 1 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon/Dalchini - 1/2 tsp
Saffron/Kesar - a pinch (optional)

How to prepare Fresh Apples Strawberries Walnuts Cake:
1. Peel the apple skin and dice them into cubes.  Add about 2 tsp lemon juice in a bowl full of water.  Place diced apples into this lemon water till you start baking.  Dice the strawberries too into medium pieces.  Roughly chop walnuts and pistachios.
2. In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients - whole wheat flour, light brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and saffron.  Crush the saffron lightly with hands.  Mix all the ingredients well.
3.  Microwave butter for 1 minute and 30 seconds or till butter melts.  Let the butter cool slightly.  Alternatively, you can melt butter in a small pan as well.  In another big mixing bowl, add melted butter.
4. Before preparing the cake batter, grease the baking dish with butter or oil.  I used olive oil cooking spray.  Preheat the oven at 350 deg. F.
5. Now time to add eggs to the melted butter.  For baking, it is always better to use eggs at room temperature.  Break one egg at a time in a small bowl.  This helps to remove any egg shells if dropped while breaking or if any egg is spoilt.
6. Add eggs and vanilla extract to the butter.  Use a whisk to mix well.  Start adding the dry ingredients, little at a time, while stirring.  Mix till no flour lumps are seen.  Lastly, add diced apples,  strawberries and walnuts.
apple strawberry walnut cake
7. Pour the cake batter in the greased dish and add diced pistachios on top.  Bake for 30 - 40 minutes.  Place a toothpick in the centre of the baked cake and check if it comes clean.  If not, bake longer.  Slice the cake after it cools completely.
8. Enjoy Fresh Fruit Cake with a drizzle of honey or whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Note: All purpose flour/Maida can also be used instead of whole wheat flour.  Use any of your favourite nuts or dry fruits as well.


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