APPLE AND RAISIN CAKE - by Gabriele Fantelli
It has been proven that foods altering the blood sugar levels, can contribute to mental health problems. Swings in blood sugar can cause quickening heart rate, blood pressure changes, lethargy and loss of energy. These physical symptoms, can recreate feelings very similar to the ones experienced during panic attacks, and can exacerbate any anxiety one may already be experiencing.
In general it is better to reduce the use of refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and white sugar, replacing them with wholemeal flour and unrefined sugar (Demerara, Brown, etc.). This recipe does just that, without losing any of the tastiness of this delicious treat.
200 gm. Self Raising Wholemeal Flour
100 gm. Demerara Sugar
100 gm. Butter (melted and cooled)
2 whole eggs
4 Tbsp. Milk
4 Apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
3 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
100 gm. raisins (soaked in orange juice for 15mins)
Preheat the oven to 180/200 degrees C, Gas mark 5.
Grease and line a 6 inch round cake tin (can be lined with flour or baking paper).
In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and cinnamon until light and creamy.
Add the butter, milk and keep whisking until mixed together.
Sieve the flour and add it to the mixture, slowly folding it in with a metal spoon.
Fold in the apples and the raisins (drained).
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 45/50 minutes.
(To check if the cake is cooked all the way through, try inserting a cocktail stick through the middle and if it comes out dry and clean, the cake should be ready).
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45/50 minutes