Black Sesame and Apple Tea Cake

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 12th Dec 2013

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This  cake was aromatic due to the roasted sesame seeds and Gula Melaka. The black sesame seed was freshly grinded given the quantities required. I want to make a fusion version of this cake by using some Asian ingredients. It took me 2 times to get it right largely because the apple was a little wet and hence the cake looks like underbaked at the first try (those in the pictures). The funny thing was that I did a toothpick test before taking these blackies out. Obviously, that test is not accurate. Anyhow, I adjusted the timing to 1 hr instead of 50 mins. It turned out perfect. I did some massive adjustment to the ingredients involve too. So here goes.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of Cake Flour
1/2 cup Toasted Black Sesame Seeds or sesame seeds paste with 2 extra tbsp of loose seeds
56g Unsalted Butter
1 cup Almond Powder
1.5 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 Salt
1 cup Gula Melaka ( palm sugar) – you can use brown sugar too.
1 egg ( about 50g)
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup plain yoghurt.
1 small granny smith apple ( diced and use towel to dry it). Toss it in 1 tbsp of cake flour before stirring into the batter.

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, almond powder and the 2 tbsp of loose sesame seeds. I usually like to use a whisk to do so. Set aside

Cut the required amount of softened butter into the mixer bowl along with the gula melaka. Cream it for 2 minutes until well mixed. Then combine the grinded sesame seeds in. Mix well for another 1 min. Then add in the egg and egg yolk. Combine well.

After which, you will alternate between the flour mixture and yoghurt. Start with flour mix and end with flour mix. Fold the apples into the cake mixture thereafter.

Lightly greased the tins. I used six 10.5 cm by 6 cm small rectangular tins. This batter is just enough for it. Spoon the batter in and sprinkled some sliced almonds on top.

Preheat oven to 165 degree prior. Baked these for 1 hr or until your usual toothpick test come out clean. Let it cool on the rack.

Enjoy these with some sugarless tea. Its perfect for the afternoon.

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