Apple and walnut torta

  • 60ml orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
  • 40g dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 orange, zested
  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 115g butter, melted
  • 70g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 250g diced peeled apples (about 2 apples)
  • 60g chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Ice cream, for serving
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4.

2) In a small saucepan, heat the orange liqueur. Turn off the heat and add the cranberries, making sure all the cranberries are submerged in the liquid. Set aside.

3) In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and the orange zest. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

4) In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add the apples, walnuts, and drained cranberries. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 20 by 20 by 5cm glass baking dish or 20cm cake pan. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean, about 30 mins.

5) To serve: while still warm cut into squares or wedges and serve with ice cream.

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