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.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
- Grease and line a 7″, round cake tin.
- 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.
- 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.
- Transfer into your tin.
- In a bowl, mix the 50g of soft brown sugar, sliced apple and cinnamon, arrange on top of the cake mix.
- Bake for 45–50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
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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