Ethical Kitchen Apple and Mincemeat Torte
Now I am beginning to spot a pattern in our Ethical Kitchen recipes to date – they are all sweets of one kind or another – and today’s recipe is no different. A friend recently gave me several bags of short shelf-life Suma Ground Almonds. I have to admit that I didn’t have much idea what you could do with them, apart from make Bakewell Tarts, until I found a recipe for a torte that replaces half of the flour with ground almonds – perfect for using them up.
- 150g or 5oz margarine (or butter if you want to spoil yourself)
- 150g or 5oz Traidcraft fair trade caster sugar
- 150g or 5oz of Suma Ground Almonds
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 150g or 5oz Doves Farm Organic plain White Flour
- 2 teaspoons Doves Farm Baking Powder
- 1 organic egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoon of Suma organic and fair trade ground cinnamon
- Light dusting of Suma Organic Icing Sugar
- Three tablespoons of sweet mincemeat
- Two fair trade apples, peeled and sliced
1. Grease a deep-sided quiche or baking dish with organic butter.
2. Preheat oven to 190 C (375 F or gas mark 6)
3. Mix the margarine, sugar, almonds, vanilla, flour, egg and cinnamon in a large bowl. It will take 5 minutes of stiff stirring to get a thick, even consistency.
4. Flatten half of this mixture into the dish with you hands and then spread a generous layer of mincemeat over the mixture.
5. Peel and slice the apple and then lay the slices on top of the mincemeat.
6. With the remaining mixture, roll small balls and place on top of the apple
7. Sprinkle with icing sugar and then place in the oven on a middle shelf.
8. Bake for an hour and serve with cream, ice cream or thick custard.
Of course, the fruit filling is interchangeable with other goodies:
- 250g or 8oz of blackberries
- 250g or 80z of Essential Trading Pineapple Chunks
In fact, why not experiment and let us know what you try?