Remember Apple Day……

The apple is a wonderful emblem of diversity.  For hundreds of years we have grown more than 2 thousand varieties and hundreds more cider apples.  Apples such as the Worcester Pearmain, Devonshire Quarrendon. and Carlisle Codlin tell of their place of origin.  Cox’s Orange Pippin, Laxton’s Superb, and Peasgood’s Nonsuch tell of the people who developed and raised them.  Either way they all taste great!
In 1990 Common Ground started Apple Day.  Common Ground is an organisation dedicated to helping us appreciate and stand up for what is significant about our surroundings. They believe that things need not be conventionally picturesque, rare or spectacular to be special – there is value and local meaning to be found in cakes, cliffs, cooling towers and cuckoos. Apple Day is celebrated on one particular day during the month of October (21st October this year).  This popular festival alerts the general public about British fruit growing traditions and heritage, and helps to encourage people to think about the links between what we eat, and the land our food is grown on.  With that in mind, I have decided to share with you my very special apple cake – I hope you enjoy it as much as my family, friends, and customers do!
Sarah’s Apple Cake
This is a truely delicious apple cake – although it could easily pass as a dessert as well.  Try to get Bramley apples as the combination of the sweet batter with the sour apples is a delight!
115g (4oz) diced butter
200g (7oz) plain flour
3-4 bramley cooking apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 eggs
250g (9oz) caster sugar
6 tbsps milk
4 tbsps single cream
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 200c 400f or Gas 6.  Grease a large baking tin, approx 24x20x5cm (91/2 x 8 x 2in) and dust with flour.
2.  Peel, core and quarter, and slice the apples
put in a bowl of water with the lemon juice to prevent the apples from going brown.
3.  Whisk eggs and 8oz/225g of sugar together (important to reserve some sugar for the topping)
4.  Put the butter, milk and cream into a saucepan and heat until boiling – stir in the egg mixture.  Sift the flour and baking powder over the surface and fold in with a metal spoon.  Pour into a prepared tin.
5.  Drain apples and arrange in the tin over the batter.  Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the cake.
6.  Bake for at least 25 mins or until firm to the touch.  Leave to cool in the tin and then cut into squares.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Soola
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 18:10:48

    Sarah thank you for a fabulous recipe, I made your apple cake today and my family have left only crumbs, they said it was absolutely delicious! Don’t stop sharing your wonderful recipes!


  2. celestialcakes123
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 21:20:59

    Delighted you enjoyed this recipe! It never fails me…


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