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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