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Almost Fat-Free Apple & Sultana Cake

I really need to diet BUT my problem is I love to bake. I’m not even sure the eating is the best part for me but I love recipe development and so I thought maybe, just maybe I could combine the two. 

I’ve given myself 8 weeks. I’ve written an achievable diet plan and downloaded a calorie counter onto my iphone. I have a list on my blackboard of things I need to achieve (Exercise ✔ Water drinking ✔Dog walking ✔). I love a list (mainly the ticking off) so this way appeals to me. Along with going to the gym 3-4 times a week and walking Otis everyday I’m really hoping I will see some results.

It seems that I now need this diet more than ever as I have just logged onto my Instagram account and my 'lovely' sister-in-law has nominated me to do the ALS ice-bucket challenge (hence I'll be wearing clothing). It will be up tomorrow lunchtime if anybody would like to see a grown woman scream!!

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Makes 12-15 pieces

100g sultanas
1 cup of hot water or tea
140g demerara sugar mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon
200g Apple sauce or apple puree (Apple puree will lower the sugar)
200g S/R flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 egg whites 
1 egg yolk 
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaped Tbsp Fat-free Greek yogurt
3 small dessert apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced  

20 x 20  greased tin

The night or at least 3 hours before you want to make this cake place the sultanas in a bowl with the hot water or tea, cover and leave to plump up. 

Preheat the oven to 170

Place the apple slices into a large frying pan along with a little of the soaking liquid and 30g of the Demerara sugar, poach on a gentle heat for about 7 mins, remove from the heat and leave to cool. 

Next whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until you have medium peaks, now in a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolk,110g of the cinnamon mixed with sugar and apple sauce puree until light and doubled in volume, now fold in the flour, baking powder, yogurt and vanilla to the yolk mix. Next strain the sultanas and add to the batter, once combined fold in a third of the whisked egg whites using a metal spoon, once combined add the remaining whites, folding gently to retain the air. 

Spray a tray-bake tin with some cake release spray, spoon in your cake batter into your prepared tin, now arrange the cooled apples in two lines along the top of the batter, reserving the poaching liquid. Bake for 30 mins in a preheated oven. Place the reserved cooking liquid back onto the heat and reduce to a syrup, brush over the warm cake and serve with fat-free greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. 

*This freezes really well, I cut into portions then froze, then a quick minute in the micro ensures a tasty treat when you really need it.

*It's more pudding than cake, I serve it with a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.

*If you're not to worried about the fat content a few flaked almonds scattered over the top will add an extra bite and taste.