Have you ever asked yourself, “If I were to re-live the last 10 years, would I do some things different?” I definitely ask myself that sometimes.
We rush to achieve perfection in everything, and try to juggle a ton of stuff when all we can do is manage one. After all, we are just human. I would like to change small things. I didn’t have to vacuum everyday. I didn’t have to buy that perfect gift and drive around 4 hours to find one. I really didn’t have to eat that whole bag of chips (although I enjoyed it then). I would’ve loved to visit family back in India more often.
I am a creature of habit. Which is not bad at all, but it is nice to change things up. I have serious writer’s block right now, so I kept postponing this post for a while because I couldn’t frame my words well. Then I thought to myself, everything doesn’t have to be the way it should be in your mind. It is fine. It’s about sharing what I love to do, sharing food. So here it is a unique absolutely delicious cake.
T’s the season of celebration. This is one of my favorite cakes to bake, and that’s huge because I’ve had my fair share of cakes. This has a distinct flavor from the black sesame seeds, which we do use a lot in Indian Cooking. The apples get soft and spread their sweetness into the cake as it bakes. This cake tastes better as it sits and binds together overnight or even for a day before you slice it up.
You can see my love for sesame flavored cakes here in this Creme Brulee Sesame Cake .
Cheers to all the baking and cooking for Thanksgiving. Take a moment to relax, enjoy the now. Spread some love and lot of hugs.
- 1 stick softened unsalted butter or 113 grams
- ⅔ caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp
- 2 medium eggs
- 1¼ cup ground almonds/almond flour
- ¾ cup Cake flour or All purpose flour
- ¼ cup Black sesame seeds powder
- 1 tsp baking powder (+ ½ tsp if using plain all purpose flour)
- 2 apples sliced
- 2 tbsp flaked almonds
- ⅓ tsp almond extract
- a pinch of salt
- Preheat oven at 350 degree. Grease and Line a 9' by 5' pan. You can use any pan you want.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together, the ground almonds, all purpose or cake flour,black sesame seeds flour, baking powder and salt. Mix it well with a whip or a fork until it is well incorporated.
- In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter and whip it by hand or an electric mixer until it is soft and creamy. It will take around 2 minutes. Add the eggs and sugar alternating between the two, mix and whip well until everything is silky and smooth and lighter. It will take another 3 minutes.
- Switch to a rubber spatula and add a few tablespoons of dry ingredients at a time to the wet ingredients and fold carefully. After all the ingredients are folded well, pour in the prepared pan and tap to take out any air bubbles.
- Arrange the apple any way you want and Bake in the center of the oven for 45- 1 hour depending on the size of the pan and your oven. If you see that the top it browning a bit fast or darkening, use an aluminium foil and wrap on top, so the tops remain golden brown.
- Check with a tooth pick or skewer to see if it's done. Take it out and cool.