Apple Cinnamon Sponge with Rice Syrup

Apple Cinnamon Sponge With Rice SyrupWell, this is a recipe from 5 years ago (see the date on the picture!). This is one of the most impressive recipes so I thought I have to post this on my blog. I used to write a blog then. I decided to post what I wrote back then as it is, because this is a recipe still so special and you might find this worthwhile to read. Enjoy 🙂

Eating healthy does not mean you leave out all the sweet things. I cannot live without them!! I use rice syrup and other types of syrup from grains and fruit to substitute refined sugar. Why?
Sugars from grains and fruits are broken down slowly in your body, giving a constant energy supply to your system. While refined sugar, which is absorbed into your body very fast, makes you want it more and more, resulting in too much fat accumulated in your body.
I remember when I stayed in the UK for the first time 7 years ago I was addicted to chocolate biscuits which had lots of sugar as the main ingredient and I kept eating them for quite a while. As a result, my weight went up incredibly, 7 kg in 10 months! Although I understand it is not only the food that contributes to your total health, I believe it does have an effect as it becomes a part of your body=mind.
This is the recipe created when there were abundant apples in October. I was in a village called Queen Camel in Somerset. Here and there, we could see apple trees. I used to pick alot of the apples fallen on the ground to use for baking.
When I make dessert using fruit (raw or dried) I use minimum amount of sweetener so that you can get the sweetness of the fruit itself. What I love about rice syrup is that it gives very gentle and natural sweetness to your dessert. It never fights with other ingredients and always supportive, bringing out the maximum flavour of the fruit. The sponge turns out beautiful with perfect moisture and lightness.
I suggest you don’t cook the apple too much in the pan first so that it keeps its shape during baking. When the apple is a little moist, softer and well coated in cinnamon, put the pan off the heat. I would say 1 minute cooking is enough. Here I used cooking apples.

Ingredients (8 to 10 pieces):
1 or 2 apple, diced into about 1 inch cubes (fill a small saucepan)
2 dsp cinnamon powder
250g organic wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
100ml sunflower oil
3 tbsp organic rice syrup
Filtered water

Apple Cinnamon Sponge With Rice Syrup 2Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 175C.

2. Cook the apple in the saucepan with cinnamon powder and a little water.

3. For the sponge, combine flour and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine oil and syrup together.

4. Mix both mixtures together and add water little by little until you get a sticky heavy mixture. It will stick to your fingers when you touch it.

5. Fold in the cooked apple pieces.

6.  Bake in the oven for 20~25 minutes till the top is brown and golden.


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