Since my last post where I shared my recipe for Roasted Carrot and Coriander Soup, I am still feeling that fall fever. Last time I talked a lot about the wonders of New York apples and apple cider, so I gave it a go at creating a version of apple cider in cake form since I can’t get Western New York Apple Cider in Bahrain.
The base of this cake is the same one I used in my “Birthdays” post. This time I just added some chunks of apple coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon instead of the melted chocolate. You will truly see how versatile this cake base is and how it works well with a variety of ingredients. I use it all the time and experiment with all kinds of variations to suit my mood and imagination. You should too!
I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Well these are truly words to live by, especially if you are a male living with Parkinson’s. Apples contain a compound called flavanoids. Studies show that men who eat 5 apples per week can have a 40% less chance of developing Parkinson’s. Higher intake of berries, especially blueberries and strawberries which contain flavanoid pigments called anthocyanins also significantly reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. You can check out a link to the study here:
If you already have Parkinson’s, it is a good idea to eat an apple, a handful of berries, or any other fruit or vegetable every day to help manage some of the symptoms and their progression. Maybe having them in cake form isn’t exactly the healthiest way to indulge, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Cinnamon also helps manage metabolism, so you can feel less guilty about all the butter and sugar in this recipe. The cake is worth the calories, trust me 🙂
It is also vital to stay active. Regular exercise should be an important part of any lifestyle, but even little things like puttering around the house cooking things and doing small chores can make a significant difference in those of us with mobility impairments. Keep moving!
This cake turned out fabulously! I shared a slice with my friend Yosef yesterday afternoon. It goes great with a cup of coffee. The rest of the cake was devoured by friends who stopped by later on for an evening dinner and swim.
1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 C flour
3/4 C corn or potato starch
3 med red apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 C water
1 T Cinnamon
1/3 C brown sugar
1 T rose water
Place cake batter into greased and floured cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Test the doneness of the cake by inserting a knife or toothpick in the center. If it comes out without any batter stuck to it, the cake is done.
Let the finished cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then another 15 minutes on a wire rack. While it is cooling on the wire rack, you can prepare the caramel ganache.
100 g butter
3/4 C dark brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 C cream
To keep up to date on the latest news in Parkinson’s research, living with and managing the disease, or to help donate to find a cure, check out the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research :