Thank you with spiced apple cake



Well done everyone who managed to navigate the Mazda site and vote for Andrew, it was so close which means every vote really did count, so thank you!

As we feel you are very much part of the Peek, eye care and bakery journey we thought we should perhaps keep up the blog and bit by bit explain these crazy happenings that we really hope will support eye care and the community.

We have been absolutely humbled at the support during the voting for the Mazda grant.


‘I got Madeleine’s e-mail I didn’t realise how close it was, I was doing a training session and we put the instructions on the big screen, we struggled with the internet and all morning we tried to vote’ Kisumu Kenya

‘I was running a training session and got everyone in their coffee break to get on line and vote’  Leeds, UK

‘I ran down the corridor getting all my colleagues to vote, we saw Andrew take the lead, it was so exciting’ School in the UK

‘I e-mailed it to all the contacts in the Liverpool Hospitals and have asked the Royal college of Ophthalmology to send it out to every member’  Enthusiastic eye doctor and old colleague of Andrew

‘I should have been in bed hours ago but hey, I can live on empty for a while.  I THINK YOU CAN STILL WIN.’ – Artisan baker, UK at 2am (had to be up at 5am)

‘It went through all my families networks back home in Canada …America …Australia  …Peru  …Egypt’


We are all connected and when the collective effort can lead to positive things it is awe-inspiring. The ripple effect was at work, each person voting and sharing with all his or her contacts. It truly was a case of every person’s effort combined towards this.

Of the grant 70% will go towards Peek development/manufacturing costs which means the team can keep autonomy at an early stage and keep driving the social mission above anything else.  20% to St Mary’s mission hospital which goes directly to eye care there and eye care education in the surrounding communities and 10% to the bakery set-up fund which will hopefully lead to long-term sustainable support for St Mary’s and multiple other benefits too.

As part of the Mazda grant they have employed a production team to take a series of small documentaries on the whole story and projects so these guys and Ben who runs E5 bakehouse in Hackney will be flying out in mid-November.

The above and many other strands all seem to be moving with some pace and we have yet to tell you the stories that have unfolded in the last 6 months, we will endeavour to tell over the next few blogs but for now this is our big thank you for supporting the story so far. Written in a rare opportunity whilst Lucas and Elena are sleeping!

As anyone who knows me well, also knows my addiction to apples! As it was October when I wrote this! and the plentiful month of English apples the bake had to be a spiced apple cake…


Spiced apple cake


150g dark brown sugar

115g butter, softened

2 large eggs

4 medium apples, peeled, chopped and heated into apple sauce

65g molasses

1 tsp. vanilla

200g self raising flour

125g whole wheat or spelt flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. allspice

pinch salt



1. Preheat oven to 170°C

2. Butter and line a 20cm deep cake tin

3. In a medium bowl mix together the dry ingredients

4. In a large bowl beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then applesauce. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until well combined

5. Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until well combined

6. Spread in the prepared pan and bake for 50-60mins minutes until knife clean when poked into the cake


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