• 4 tart dessert apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 5 tablespoons apple juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 175 g (6 oz) black treacle
  • 150 g (5 oz) golden syrup
  • 75 g (3 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 100 g (3½ oz) self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 100 g (3½ oz) self-raising white flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 175 g (6 oz) medium oatmeal

Peel, core and slice the apples and put the slices in a small saucepan with the apple juice and ground cloves. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cook gently, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until the apples have softened slightly. Drain and leave to cool.

Lift the bread pan out of the machine and fit the blade. Add the treacle, syrup, butter, flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and oatmeal to the pan.

Fit the pan into the machine and close the lid. Set to the cake programme. After about 5 minutes use a plastic spatula to scrape the mixture down from the sides and from the corners of the pan. Stir in the apples.

Test the cake after 1 hour by inserting a skewer into the centre. If it comes out clean the cake is ready. If not, cook a little longer or complete the programme. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool.

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