In Crete, we use olive oil for everything, including baking sweets. This cinnamon walnut apple cake has been baked for special occasions in my family for generations. Even though we have fruit for dessert on most nights, we will make this as a treat when we are celebrating. Olive oil makes for velvety and moist baked goods and I would highly recommend it for most of your baking needs. One tip is to try to get a buttery or fruity flavored olive oil when you are baking. Eat this cake with afternoon tea or coffee or after a light meal. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Walnut Apple Cake Baked with Olive Oil (Greek Island of Crete)
- Prep Time
- Cook Time
- 12 slices
- Difficulty Level Moderate
- (4.5 /5)
- 3 ratings
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons for apples)
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup milk
- 4 1/2 cups wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 apples, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Beat eggs and sugar with a hand mixer for 10 minutes. Add olive oil and beat for an additional 3 minutes.
- Add milk, wheat flour, baking powder and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes.
- Brush a medium-sized pan with olive oil. Add half the batter to the pan.
- In a bowl, mix apples, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon . Pour apple mixture on top of batter in cake pan.
- 6. Add remaining batter to pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour until inserted knife comes out clean.
About the Recipe Author
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of ...More from this author
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