This was found again on Channel 4. I liked the sound of using it as a desert, and liked the sound of it, as I thought it would be quite easy. I may have been wrong…

Ingredients

  • 240g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 60g butter
  • 150ml milk
  • 480g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp demerera sugar
  • ½ tsp ground allspice or powdered cinnamon

For the lemon syrup

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 15g butter
  • 120g sugar
  • 200ml water

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375F/ Gas 5
2. Make the lemon syrup first. Peel the lemon as thinly as possible and squeeze the juice out. Put the rind, juice and other ingredients into a pan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Leave to stand.
3. Sift the four and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix to a dough with the milk. Roll out to a floured board to about 8 in (20cm) square and approximately ¼ in (5mm) thick. Spread the chopped apples on the pastry, sprinkle with sugar and spice and roll up like a Swiss roll.
4. Cut into 2.5cm slices and arrange in a greased 1.1 litre (2 pint) ovenproof dish. Remove the rind from the syrup and pour over the slices. Bake for 30 minutes or until it puffy and golden. Serve with custard.

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Don’t forget to tune in to Dru’s show, 4pm on 28th January to hear it being made.

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Way back in September of 2013, Neo and I went down to my brother’s garden and picked a bucket-full of apples. After cleaning, pealing and coring them, they went straight in the freezer not to be touched again, until now. In a series of very apple-y cakes and pies, I’m aiming to use them up. The first of this series is the trusty Dorset Apple Cake. This is a very traditional cake, made for as long as there have been apple orchards in Dorset. I got this recipe from West Dorset Foodie, and as they note, there are as many variations of the cake as there are variations of apples.

Ingredients:

  • 225g cooking apples, peeled and chopped, but remember to leave some for the top
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 115g butter
  • 165g brown sugar, leaving 50g for the top
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
  2. Grease and line a 7″, round cake tin.
  3. Toss the apple with the lemon juice and set aside. Sift the flour and baking powder together then rub in the butter, until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir 115 g of the sugar, the apple and the egg, mix well, adding a little of the milk at a time to make a soft doughy mix.
  5. Transfer into your tin.
  6. In a bowl, mix the 50g of soft brown sugar, sliced apple and cinnamon, arrange on top of the cake mix.
  7. Bake for 45–50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

 

Apple Cake - after Apple Cake

I didn’t exactly follow the recipe properly, as I didn’t realize the cinnamon was only for the top, so I put it in with the flour. But rather than ruining it, I think it gave it a nicer taste. Sadly it didn’t rise as much as I thought it should, but I have since discovered that my baking powder has lost it effectiveness. In future though I’d probably make this is self-raising flour for ease. Overall this was a very nice cake, I’ve always loved it the way my Mum makes it and it goes perfectly with a cup of tea in the afternoon when it’s grey and dreary outside.

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On this weeks show we are missing Neothermic but still hold it together. Lorcian talks about his ordeals at the hands of dentists and his new cat that is scared of EVERYTHING. The usual edition of Lorcians acting Skool went very well with Stingraywings coming up with the title of this podcast. The pub quiz was themed on old movies with Lorcian deciding to abstain from most of the questions and Crace managing 4 out 5 correct answers :).

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Aside from some Technical issues stemming from the7thson’s pc, tonight episode of Headbanging in the Bedroom was a complete success! As always they played some excelent heavy metal spanning accross all genres from rock’n’roll to Black and Thrash Metal. There also included the usual supreme quality of requests that we have come to expect from the listeners.

Find the playlist of tonights show at www.facebook.com/headbanginginthebedroom

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