I was cleaning out my ‘recipes to try’ folder last weekend and came across this recipe for an Apple Crumble Cake. It wasn’t gluten-free or egg-free and was on a very yellowed piece of paper so it was obviously some time since I wrote it down. I have no recollection of where I got the recipe but it sounded so yummy that I thought I’d have a go. I made it with dairy, but a suggestion for dairy-free modification is listed also (I have now made it without dairy – the substitution is below). It’s a little time consuming to make but it’s well worth the effort.
300 g gluten-free plain (all-purpose) flour (I used Orgran) + a tablespoon full
225 g caster sugar
150 g butter (use Nuttelex or another dairy-free margarine for dairy-free)
100 g walnuts, chopped (if allergic to nuts, just leave them out)
85 g brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
190 g natural yogurt or buttermilk (for dairy-free use rice milk plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice)
40 ml water + 1 teasoon of Orgran No Egg egg replacer (or use EnerG or use 1 egg if not allergic to eggs)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large or 4 small apples (I used 4 small pink lady apples)
1. In a food processor mix the flour, caster sugar and salt. Add the butter and process until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs.
2. Spoon 150 g of this mixture into a separate bowl and add the chopped nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Set aside.
3. To the rest of the mixture in the food processor, add the baking soda and baking powder and mix well. Add the yogurt, egg replacer and vanilla and process until it is mixed well.
4. Peel, core and chop the apples into 1 cm cubes and toss in the small spoon of flour.
5. Add the apples to the cake batter and mix.
6. Spread the cake batter into a lined 22 cm springform tin. Top with the nut crumble and press the crumble into the batter lightly.
7. Bake at 160 C (fan-forced) or 180 C/350 F (conventional) oven for approximately 50-55 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool. We ate ours a little warm with some whipped cream.