This is an "authentish" recipe that uses honey instead of sugar, but is raised with self-raising flour.
Makes one loaf-shaped cake.
Mix the flour, egg, butter and vanilla essence with a little honey until it forms a dough. Mix in more honey a little at a time until the mix just starts to collapse into the centre of the bowl. It should be softer than a dough but still keep some shape. If you add too much honey the cake will be sticky, more like a pudding.
Coarsely chop most of the apple and briefly mix it into the cake mixture, keeping a few slices of apple back. There should still be lots of visible pieces of apple in the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into a non-stick loaf tin. Slice the remaining apple and arrange the slices on top of the mixture.
Bake at 340F/170C for 1 hr - 1 hr 15 mins minutes or until golden brown. Keep a close watch on the cake near the end to make sure it doesn't burn. It's done when a skewer thrust into the middle of the cake comes out clean.Shelagh Lewins
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