This is one of my favourite cakes. It is very easy to make - basically just butter cake with apple on top but the results is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! It can be for a casual afternoon tea with friends and family or even as a stunning dessert when you want to impress.As all fruit cake (and chocolate cake) it is best to be baked the day before and leave to cool completely - you will not believe how lovelier it taste the next day. The tempatations from the aroma is irresistable (RESIST! IT IS WORTH IT!!!) - when the flavours from the apple and cinnamon have immersed into the cake base. Tip: While waiting, repeat the (improvised) Nietzsche mantra "What didn't kill me will make me happier errrr stronger errr it yummier tomorrow."It is a great cake to make this time of the year - I associate it with autumn and winter - be enjoyed with witty banters, laughter and music! It will lift your spirit up and make you feel spring is at your doorstep.
2 cups of Granny Smith or Jonagold apples - sliced
1 cup of raisin (if you like) - soaked in orange juice or rum
1 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
2 TBsp brown sugarJuice from half a lemon
a little butter
250g castor sugar
250g self raising flour
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
1 tub (250ml) Whipped cream or Creme Fraiche
1 packet of vanilla sugar
juice from half a lemon
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (360°F) or Gas Mark 4.
2. Mix all of ingredient A together
3. Heat a bit of butter in the pan and lightly saute ingredient A till the apples soften and leave to cool.
4. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl and add eggs one by one.
5. Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest. Mix.
6. Fold in the flour carefully.
8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the skewer when inserted, came out clean.
1.Cut in large squares by itself for tea or coffee.
2.Mix ingerient C together and piped on top of the cake to make it an apple pie
3.if you prefer a dollop of Creme Fraiche (which I do - very chi chi!) serve on the side as little quenellesor4.warm it up a little (like apple pie) and serve with vanilla ice cream or haagen dazs macadaemia nuts ice cream.