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Walnut Cake with Apricot Sauce

An elegant dessert that is completely easy to make.

Ingredients
Sauce:

6-8 fresh apricots, halved, pitted, diced
1 cup dried apricots, diced
3 tablespoons Suzanne's Specialties Maple Rice Nectar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond or soymilk
pinch sea salt
grated zest of 1 lemon

Ginger Cake:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon baking powder, plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
generous pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon grain coffee, dissolved in 1 cup hot spring or filtered water
1/2 cup avocado oil
2/3 cup Suzanne's Specialties Maple Rice Nectar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-2 cups unsweetened almond or soymilk
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 -2/3 cup coarsely minced walnut pieces

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil and flour a standard bundt pan or two 6-mold giant muffin tins (to make individual cakes).

Prepare the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat. Bring sauce to a boil, uncovered. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until dried apricots are soft, about 25 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook until the sauce thickens slightly. Set aside to cool.

Prepare the cakes by whisking together flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, baking powder/soda and sea salt. Mix in dissolved grain coffee, oil, rice syrup and vanilla. While mixing, slowly stir in milk, to create a smooth, spoonable batter. Fold in fresh ginger and walnut pieces, incorporating them through the batter. 

Spoon batter evenly into prepared pan and bake until the top springs back to the touch, 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to stand for about 10 minutes before loosening the cake from the pan sides with a butter knife and inverting it onto a plate to cool completely. To serve, simply place a wedge of cake on an individual dessert plate and spoon sauce over top. 

Makes 9-10 servings.  


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