Wednesday, 9 November 2011
The Other Side of Apple Mountain
Last night we used up the last of the mountain of apples that my sister bought us from her apples trees in Wales. This apple cake recipe is pulled out every year. Photocopied a long time ago from an Islington Cookbook which my Auntie contributed to. In fact this is the second apple cake we've made in the last couple of weeks.
Our kitchen however is hiding a dark secret, well not that dark, but anyway... despite its smart exterior we are down to student-type levels of equipment. I had to resort to using one of Henry's baby bottle to measure out ingredients. One measuring jug was lost on a camping trip in the summer and the other broken. We are also without our trusty electric whizzer which sadly died, leaving us with no means to make a smooth soup. And I broke the cafeteria the other day. I feel a Christmas list coming on...
So, if you have the means and the inclination here is the recipe for Katrina's Apple Cake, it's yummy:
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 tablespoons water or juice
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
6-8 apples thinly sliced and mixed with 125g brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in oil. Add liquid alternately with dry ingredients and beat until just smooth. Spoon half of the batter into lightly greased 23cm pan. Spread evenly. Add apples. Cover with the remaining batter. Bake at 350F/180c/gas mark 4 for 50-60 minutes until nicely browned.
Recipe says "Equally delicious with cherries or plums of blackberries." Which I expect it is.