Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Too good to waste ...

Whilst on a trip down to Dorset to see family on the weekend, I  was told to take what apples were left on the small orchard as they were now falling & with Winter approaching, would only go to waste.

I duly picked the remaining ones from the various trees - some small, some large, some sweet, some toe curling tart & brought them back with me.

What to do with them?

Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater provided the answer - English Apple Cake

 Do you have post-its sticking out of your favourite recipe books too?

The only change I made was to use organic wholemeal flour ....

English Apple Cake by Nigel Slater (from The Kitchen Diaries)

A slim, moist cake, best served warm, that will keep for a day or two wrapped in foil.

butter -130g
unrefined caster sugar - 130g
'eating apples' - 3
the juice of half a lemon
ground cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
Demerara sugar - 2 tablespoons
eggs - 2 large
plain flour - 130g
baking powder - a teaspoon
fresh white breadcrumbs - 3 tablespoons
a little extra sugar

Set the oven at 180C / Gas 4. Line the base of a square (I used round) 24cm cake tin about 6cm deep with baking parchment.

Put the butter & caster sugar in a food mixer & beat till light & fluffy. Whilst this is happening, cut the apples into small chunks, removing the cores as you go & dropping the fruit into a bowl with the juice of the half a lemon. (drain) Toss the apples with the cinnamon & Demerara sugar.

Break the eggs, beat them with a fork, then gradually add them to the butter & sugar. Sift the flour & baking powder together & fold them gently into the mixture. Scrape into a lined cake tin. Put the spiced apples on the top of the cake mixture, then scatter with the breadcrumbs & a little more Demerara sugar.

Bake for 55 minutes to an hour. The edges should be browning nicely & the centre firm. Leave to cool for 10 minutes or so before turning out. Eat warm.

Enough for 8

The question now is - a slice with tea or a slice as pudding after supper?

Decisions, decisions, decisions?

Do you use up the free offerings of fruit & vegetables that come your way?
Thanks for stopping by, always lovely to get feedback
Dee ~♥~


  1. Looks delicious! I'll have to give it a try.

    1. It was good Debs - though it could have done with 5 less minutes as the phone rang & I got side tracked. It is always good to use up fresh stuff ...

  2. I never turn down free pickin's! One time we picked 13 quarts of blackeyed peas for free! Love the apple tart recipe....just plain YUM! I just happened to have some fresh apples from Georgia handy....thanks for the recipe, Dee!

    1. A person after my own heart Lynda - good on you! Hope your apple cake turns out as good as this one!

  3. it looks hearty, wholesome and utterly delicious....thanks for sharing the recipe xx

    1. Very tasty Mrs B - I love apples & this was just right! xx


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