Today is the first day of December, so Christmas time has now officially begun. One of the things that are pretty big for me during this time (and I think this is the case with many people) is baking. Especially baking together with family and friends. Not only because it is so much more fun this way, but also because it is a lot faster 🙂
Lipton has recently launched a new series of teas which offer a perfect blend for any occasion. The AFTER DINNER tea goes perfectly with dessert after a big meal with your loved ones. It is made from a blend of Spearmint, Fennel, Peppermint and Ginger. LIPTON uses natural aromas and additives.
To go with the AFTER DINNER tea I have a special recipe for you guys today. An Apple and Fennel Cake with a yummy Creamcheese Frosting. What makes this recipe unique is that it is made to be prepared with more people. The instructions are written in a way that will help you divide the work between three people.
Apple & Fennel Cake
- 3 large apples
- the juice of 1 lemon
- 125ml port wine
- 200g cane sugar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 3 tbsp crushed linseeds
- 125ml canola oil
- 330g all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 200g vegan cream cheese
- 200g icing sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 80g pecans for garnish
- 2 people start pitting the apples and cutting them into tiny pieces.
- The 3rd person mixes the linseeds with 6 tbsp of water and then sets them aside to thicken.
- Person 1 takes a skillet and heats it up on medium heat and then toasts the fennel seeds for 3-4 minutes
- During that time Person 2 squeezes the lemons and mixes the juice in a large bowl with the apples, port, sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Person 1 now mixes the toasted fennel seeds into the bowl and then places it in the fridges for about 15-20 mins.
- Meanwhile, person 3 takes a separate bowl and mixes the flour and the baking soda together.
- After 15-20 minutes person 2 removes the bowl from the fridge and folds in the oil and the linseeds.
- During that time person 1 preheats the oven to 180°C and lines a cake tin with parchment and brushes it lightly with some oil.
- Now Person 3 adds the flour and baking soda to the rest of the ingredients and mixes them well and pours everything into the baking tin. The cake is now baked for 60-70 minutes.
- Towards the end of the baking time person 2 begins to prepare the frosting by beating the cream cheese and the maple syrup with a hand mixer.
- Person 1 helps by gradually adding the icing sugar and then placing the frosting in the fridge.
- During this time person 3 can bring some water to a boil to make the AFTER DINNER Tea to go with the cake.
- When the cake is finished it needs to be cool down all the way.
- Now person 2 can add the frosting to the cake.
- In the meantime person 1 can crush the pecan nuts and garnish the cake.
- The finished cake can now be served together with the AFTER DINNER tea.