Afternoon Tea

I’ve been enjoying this for Afternoon Tea and dessert this week:

My brother passed on some apples – they were huge!  And we thought they were cooking apples, but they turned out to be for eating. They were delicious – and big enough to share between two or three people, really.  What to do with them?

Make Apple Cake!  Here’s my recipe.

For Apple Cake:

100g soft Butter

100g Caster Sugar

2 medium Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract

100g Self-Raising Flour

400g Apples

Demerara Sugar for sprinkling

Oven:  180*C(160*C fan)

Place the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and flour into a large bowl.  Thoroughly beat the ingredients until well-mixed, and the cake batter is soft with no lumps.  I used a hand-mixer.

As the apples were for eating, I didn’t peel them.  Core the apples, chop approx 2/3 of the total quantity into small dice, and gently stir into the cake batter.  Pour the cake batter into a lined tin(approx 7″ tin).

Slice the remaining apple and use to decorate the top of the cake batter in the tin.  Sprinkle with some Demerara sugar.  Bake in the oven for approx 40 minutes, until golden and firm to touch.  Allow to cool – this was fantastic while still warm.  Or enjoy cold!

Ready for the oven:

And fresh from the oven:

Can you see those wonderful apple pieces hiding in there…?

This cake was moist and full of appley flavour.  The sponge was very light – I had difficulty retrieving it from the tin, and eventually left it in the cooking tin and cut slices from it.  And the topping was slightly crunchy with Demerara sugar.

Don’t tell my Beloved – but I made this with wholemeal SR Flour!!!  For an extra fibre boost.  He licked the bowl clean, and enjoyed the cake.  Just hope he doesn’t read this post and find out my little secret!  I think he’s allergic to health 😉

This cake was good served with custard.  A scoop of vanilla ice-cream would be another option, or even some cream.  I guess you could add some warm spice flavour to the mix – like cinnamon and nutmeg.  I just wanted the vanilla to contrast with the apple flavour.  Another option could be to make the Demerara sprinkle on top into Cinnamon Demerara sprinkle….?  This would also be really good made with cooking apples – for example, Bramley’s.  There would be the extra tartness from those apples to contrast with the Demerara topping.

All things are possible!

This was a bit of intuitive eating in action – I really wanted something with apple in it, as I posted before.  And it was nice to come home from work and know there was something special waiting in the cake tin for dessert, that contained fruit, was moist and was home-made.  Very satisfying…

Do you like fruit in cakes? Do you prefer moist cake, or cake which is a bit more dry?

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