Apple Tosca Cake

So, you liked the Kinda Tosca Cake eh? I do hope so!

Hows about we take it up a notch?

I’ve been dying to make something with an apple and pine nut combo since I sampled a delectable pastry from the achingly cool Movida Bakery in South Yarra, Melbourne. Here you will find a gourmet spin on the ubiquitous Aussie meat pie and the best sausage rolls I have ever tasted ( succulent pork filling sprinkled with fennel seeds, which Mr Love proceeded to smother with tomato ketchup ).
The afore mentioned inspirational tart had a pastry base that oozed with lush apple sauce, topped with a generous layer of sweet pine nuts. It was unbelievably good and for me, a taste revelation.

Here is my Swedish/ Australian/Anglo mash up of a cake recipe!

Apple & Pine Nut Tosca Cake
4 large eggs
170g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml double cream
2tsp baking powder
260g plain flour
3 eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced

Tosca Topping
75g unsalted butter
75g caster sugar
50ml double cream
25g plain flour
80g pine nuts

Grease a 29cm loose bottom or springform tin.

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Place eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk with an electric mixer until the batter is almost white, thick, foamy and has doubled in size. This will take about 8-10mins, I suggest selecting a good radio station to keep you entertained as you whisk! When the beater is lifted the batter should hang in ‘ribbons’ and will form a figure of eight across the surface.
Gently fold in the cream, melted butter and extract.
Next fold in the sifted flour and baking powder taking care not to knock all the air out of the batter.
Pour in to cake tin and scatter the sliced apples over the surface before placing in the centre of your preheated oven for 30-35mins.

To make the Tosca topping add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir gently over a low heat until the mix is well combined.

Next, remove cake from the oven – it will be golden on top by now – and dollop the pine nut topping over the cake and smooth over. Return to the oven for another 10-15mins until the topping is golden brown.


Lemony x

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