Sticky toffee sauce makes this apple currant cake even better!
Tiny chunks of apple baked into the batter makes this cake moist and delicious.
1 In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in yogurt and vanilla until smooth.
2 In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using electric mixer, beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in 2 cups of the chopped apples. Set aside.
3 Filling Combine remaining 1 cup chopped apples, brown sugar, currants and oats. Spread half of the batter in greased 10-inch springform pan; add half of the filling. Repeat layers.
4 Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing sides of springform pan.
5 Sauce In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water together until smooth. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add cornstarch mixture to saucepan along with brown sugar and apple juice; whisking well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
6 Drizzle sauce over individual cake slices. Sauce can be served warm or cold.
Tip: This cake freezes very well.
Cooking Time: About 7 minutes
Baking Time: 60 minutes
Makes: 1 cake (16 slices)
Image: Ashley Capp / Styling: Christine Dovey
Five ways to fashion a space that will easily suit your daughter as she grows into her 20s
Your girl's bedroom is her oasis — it's where she escapes, unwinds, tackles challenges, and grows. So, this should be a room that grows with her, instead of a room that has to be made over every few years to suit her changing tastes. Below, five tips on designing a space for your girl that she'll love now and then.
Pink isn’t only for youngsters and bubble gum. Designer Matthew Meisner made the “it’s a girl” hue more grown-up in his step-daughter Milena Bettencourt’s room by combining it with black and gold. He also ensured the pink items were easy to swap should the 16-year-old ever tire of them.
Custom pieces don’t have to be pricey. Matthew upgraded a big-box-store desk with funky geometric-print vinyl wallpaper for added charm.
"Persuade your kids to try looks that will mature with them," says Matthew, noting that the Rorschach-inspired wallpaper that resembles a haute French damask wasn’t an easy sell. “I don’t think Milena would have chosen this wallpaper on her own, but she loves it now.”
Establish an eclectic aesthetic that looks collected over time by grouping items that have personal significance. Take, for example, the pink-undertoned artwork on Milena’s desk: Many of the pieces reference her dad, Rick Bettencourt, from the photo of a Missoni fashion show he attended to a print of Jimmy Choo shoes that nods to his work as the vice-president of shoe empire Nine West Canada.
To help you create the perfect room, we've rounded up some cool accents that will make your daughter's space equal parts cute and chic.
#OOTD: Fashion Flat Lay colouring book by Laura Hickman, Indigo, $21.
Cotton velvet Bianca toss cushion with down alternative insert, 20", Tonic Living, $70.
Heirloom & Knot Regency wallpaper in Neapolitan, Spoonflower, from $5 US per sq. ft.
Heirloom & Knot Rorschach wallpaper in Noir, Spoonflower, from $5 US per sq. ft.
Kate Spade New York crystal Hampton Street rose bowl, Hudson’s Bay, $90.
Ceramic antique-look medium Staordshire dog figurine, Jayson Home, $95 US.
Polypropylene Sillerup rug, 7' x 10', IKEA, $159.
10 small space storage solutions
Small space living is becoming more and more common, especially in larger cities. And it also offers some styling conundrums. It takes a lot of creativity to decorate a small space to make it feel both cozy and warm, but still spacious enough to not feel closed in or confined. One of the keys to keeping a small space beautifully designed, but not empty? Storage. Small spaces rarely come with ample storage space on its own or built in, so suddenly style needs to also mean innovative ways to store items and keep things organized and never cluttered. Here are 10 items to help you get your small space organized, decluttered and offer loads of storage space.
1 For your clothes
Small studio spaces often don’t come with much in the way of closet space. Hang your best on this moveable garment rack for easy access and to keep things tidy. Crate and Barrel, $219.29.
3 A spot for your books, remotes and more
It’s easy for the living area to look unorganized with electronic remotes, coasters for drinks, and magazines and books. Tuck everything away at the end of each day with a coffee table with built in storage units. West Elm, $578.23.
4 Kitchen storage
Pots, pans, bowls, bottles… it could all be stored in this cage cabinet – making it easy to see everything inside while offering extra space if your kitchen cabinets are small. An added bonus? This also looks chic in the dining area as well. Pottery Barn, $1,918.03.
6 The trunk
Throw blankets, pillows and any extras can all be stored in a rustic-looking trunk. It can also double as an extra seat, coffee table or fit at the foot of your bed for extra clothes. Pier 1, $199.95.
7 The desk saver
Keep clips, USB keys, car keys and other small items hidden and organized with a spindle storage box. Perfect for corralling bits and bobs on your office desk or entryway. You can use it on your vanity for small jewellery items, too. Umbra, $30.
9 Opt for baskets
You can never go wrong with a selection of baskets in various sizes. Store kitchen items, bathroom necessities, extra clothes, or throws next to the sofa – the possibilities are endless. Restoration Hardware, $79-$199.
10 Keep drawers organized
Kitchen drawers are notorious for being cluttered and messy. A knife organizer keeps them off your counter, and stored safely in a drawer without all the mess. Williams-Sonoma, $65.63.
Image by: Chris Court, William Meppem / Styling by: Justine Poole
Swap your morning bowl of cereal for this healthy and much more satisfying alternative that features cinnamon, apple and of course, the new cool grain on the block, amaranth.
Amaranth is a super grain with benefits similar to those of quinoa — for one, it's gluten-free, and two, it's a great source of protein — making it an ideal ingredient for your daily breakfast.
1 Place the oats, salt, milk and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the amaranth and cook, stirring, for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until soft. Add the honey and cinnamon and stir to combine.
2 Spoon the oats into four serving bowls and top with the extra milk and honey. Sprinkle with the apple and cashews just before serving.
Prep & cook time: 20 minutes
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Excerpted from Life in Balance by Donna Hay. Recipes Copyright © 2016 Donna Hay, Photography copyright © 2016 Chris Court & William Meppem. Excerpted by permission of Harper Collins Publishers. All rights reserved.