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NZ with Nadia Lim


Ep 6 - Apple cake

NZ with Nadia Lim on TV ONE and TVNZ OnDemand

Serves - 8-10

Prep time - 10 mins



brown sugar  1/3 cup

eggs  4, separated

ground almonds  2 cups

apples  2, grated (about 1 ½ cups)

lemon  juice and zest of 1 medium

dates  ¼ cup chopped

ground cinnamon  1 teaspoon

ground allspice  1 teaspoon

ground ginger  ½ teaspoon

ground cloves  ¼ teaspoon


Crumble topping

butter  30g, diced

ground almonds  ½ cup

rice flour  2 tablespoons

brown sugar  2 tablespoons

ground cinnamon  ½ teaspoon


To serve

Natural yoghurt  or  whipped cream



Preheat oven to 165 degC/330 Fahrenheit. Grease and line a 20cm round spring form cake tin.

1. Whisk together sugar and egg yolks until thick and pale. Fold in almonds, apple, zest and juice of lemon, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

2. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Fold* (see tip below) gently into apple almond batter, using a large metal spoon to minimise the crushing of the air bubbles so it keeps your mixture nice and airy. Pour into prepared spring form cake tin.

3. Combine butter, ground almonds, rice flour, sugar and cinnamon and rub between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle all over the cake.

4. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean and the toping is golden.

Serve warm with a dollop of natural yoghurt, whipped cream or ice-cream.


*Tip: Fold the two mixtures together using a large metal spoon to minimise the crushing of the air bubbles in the whipped egg whites. For good techniques, cut down vertically into the centre of the mixture, then fold the bottom of the mixture up and over the top of the egg whites. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat this action, folding slowly and gently, until the two mixtures are just combined.