Monday, 31 October 2011

Apple and Honey Cake with Apple Ice Cream

Yet another apple cake recipe... I must warn you... there will be plenty more. I hope you're not sick of apples yet. I promise I'm gonna make few savoury dishes with the apples I got from my friend Janet as well, so just wait and see.

But in the meantime, this apple and honey cake is from GOOP by Gwyneth Paltrow which I really enjoy reading. When I saw the recipe for this cake on the newsletter I knew I just have to make it and I'm glad I did. This cake is pretty good. Be sure to use flavourful honey here for more intense honey flavour. The recipe calls for sweet butter which I'm not entirely sure what it is. So I used regular unsalted butter. Also, the recipe did not mention the amount of sugar. I emailed the GOOP team but did not get any reply to this. I used 1/2 a cup of caster sugar and personally I think it's just enough. Remember, there's honey in the cake too.

To go alongside the cake, Nigella's apple ice cream which I absolutely love. It's so easy to make especially if you have an ice cream maker, but you don't have to. I don't. What I also really love is the feeling of smug-ness of making my own ice cream. My friends were so impressed and I love the compliments. Come on, you know you love it too... :)

Apple and Honey Cake
For list of ingredients and ingredients, click here.

Apple Ice Cream
Recipe by Nigella Lawson

1 kg cooking apple
100 grams caster sugar
300 ml single cream
3 egg yolks
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Calvados (optional)
150 ml double cream

Peel, core and cut up the apples and put them in a pan with 50 grams of the sugar and cook till soft. Let cool and purée in a blender or processor then push through a sieve.

Make the ice cream by heating the single cream, beating the remaining sugar with the yolks, whisking the warm cream till a custard is formed, the adding the flavourings (lemon juice and Calvados, if using). Let cool.

Fold in the cold apple purée, whisk the double cream till thick but still soft and fold that in, too, and freeze. If you've got an ice-cream maker, follow the instructions. If you haven't got one, what you do then is put the ice cream base into a covered container, stick it in the freezer and whip it out every hour for 3 hours as it freezes and give it a good beating, either with an electric whisk, by hand or in the processor. That gets rid of any ice crystals that form and that make the ice cream crunchy rather than smooth. 


  1. I never grow tired of apples. Apples are season here in the south.

    Wonderful recipe.


  2. Dear, M, sweet butter is just another name for unsalted butter, I think. So you got it right!

  3. You can keep making the apple cakes as long as you like as far as I'm concerned. Great stuff. I'm a bit puzzled about the concept of optional calvados, though; it's mandatory in this house.

  4. You definitely deserve the shower of complements from your friends. And yes, I would love it too. Well, who doesn't?

  5. Keep the apples coming! I do not cook with them enough and maybe all these delicious recipes will change that! I especially love the ice cream. It's like apple pie a la mode only without the pie :)

  6. exceptional sounding cake and it looks so good ... love the things you are doing with the apples, keep it up...
    hey, thought you's like to know this made the headlines -

  7. This is a lovely cake! I am impressed with the apple ice cream too! Perfect together, I'm sure! It's funny; when autumn arrives and all the apple recipes come round for knoshing and inspection, I am always amazed at the ingenuity of hungry folk ... the things we will do to make a tasty bite!

  8. Of course she wouldn't specify measurements for baking, GP does everything perfectly. I love making fun of Goop. Best quote: "I have lived a diverse life. I have lived on the upper east side and greenwich village". She really needs to get punched in the face. But you made her apple cake look super delicious!

  9. Looks fab, can't wait for the savory ideas.

  10. actually an adorable recipe, like an apple flan!... delicious Michael, looks beautiful! x

  11. far as apple cake, you can keep baking them...and with vanilla ice cream it sure look even better.
    Hope you have are having a wonderful week :-)

  12. you're like master of apple cakes now aren't you? ;)

  13. Looks great and I like how you paired it with apple ice cream! :D And I had no idea sweet butter was unsalted butter!

  14. My compliments to you, dear Michael...another winning Apple dessert recipe!
    You and Nigella, are on my top of the list for all those fabulous desserts you create...inspired by the BEST!

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  16. Absolutely delightful! I never tire of apple treats, and this ice cream sounds/looks fantastic...excellent for holidays :)

  17. A good apple cake like this gets me excited every time! So does homemade icecream. Although I did wonder about that last sentence of your recipe you really prefer your ice cream crunchy rather than smooth? ;).