Delicious Kentish cobnut cake and Zari apple compote.


For the cobnut cake

450g/1lb self-raising flour

225g/8oz butter, melted, plus extra butter for greasing

1 tbsp ground ginger

225g/8oz light soft brown sugar

6 free-range eggs, beaten

110g/4 fl oz double cream

150g/5oz Kent cobnuts, shells removed, finely chopped


For the Zari apple compote

50g/2 oz butter

4 Zari apples, peeled, cores removed, finely chopped

2-3 tbsp caster sugar (sweeten to taste)

½ tsp ground cinnamon

200ml/7 fl oz double cream, lightly whipped, to serve



For the cobnut cake, preheat the oven to 160c/325F/Gas 2. Grease a 1kg/2lb 2oz loaf tin with butter.


In a bowl, mix together the flour and melted butter until well combined.


Add the ground ginger, sugar and beaten eggs and beat until well combined.


Add the cream and mix until the mixture forms a smooth, thick batter.


Stir in the chopped cobnuts until well combined.


Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, gently spreading the batter into all the corners and shaking the tin to make sure the mixture has settled.


Transfer the loaf tin to the oven and bake for 1-1 ¼ hours, or until the cake has risen and is golden-brown, and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.


Set the cake aside to cool slightly in the tin.


Meanwhile, for the apple compote, heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, add the Zari apples, half of the caster sugar and ground cinnamon and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the apples have broken down slightly and the mixture has thickened. Add the rest of the caster sugar if you prefer it sweeter.


To serve, cut the cake into six to eight slices (it is best served still warm). Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a spoonful of warm apple compote.