CAKE WITH SEMOLINA, NUTS AND APPLES (my Mom's
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: about 30 min
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar (230 ml)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 1 cup grated apples
  • 1/2 package baking powder
  • SYRUP
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 slice of lemon
DIRECTIONS
  1. Whisk the eggs with sugar. Start adding all other ingredients, one at time.
  2. Pour the batter into a greased and floured baking tin (round or square).
  3. Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C. I really forgot to watch how long it took to bake it, but basicly I waited till it became light brown and checked with the toothpick when I thought it was ready.
  4. While the cake is still in the oven, prepare the syrup. Bring water and sugar to boil, add lemon and vanilla extract, and remove from heat.
  5. Leave the cake in the tin, cut it into squares and pour the syrup over it.
  6. Both cake and syrup should be warm.
  7. Let it cool completely before serving. It's even better if you leave it rest overnight.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
It's a cake that my prepared very often when I was a kid. It's quick and simple to prepare, but surprisingly moist and tasty. I used Extra Virgin Olive oil for this cake and that gave it a strong flovour, apart from making it a bit healthier than if it was made with butter or other oils. Nuts, grated apples and especially semolina give it a particular crumbly texture, and the syrup adds some moisture without making it too sweet. I guess next time I'll add some grated lemon rind to the batter as well.