Each Friday throughout the summer I have been highlighting guest posts by some of my very talented bloggy friends. Just in case you missed it, here is last Friday’s post. Today I’m happy to introduce you to a lovely blogger from across the pond, Sharon Pickles of A Saucy Stitch! Sharon is sharing her family recipe for Kentish Apple Cake! Y’all know how much I love apples and let me tell you….I. Am. Drooling.
I live in the beautiful county of Kent, which is known as the “Garden of England” because of it’s abundance of fruit orchards. I’m writing this sitting in my garden, because when the sun comes out in England, we all run outside to enjoy it before it goes away again! My garden resembles Sleeping Beauty’s castle at the moment, partly due to the lovely roses that are blooming their hearts out, but partly due to the weed invasion.
The area I live in is surrounded by apple orchards, and towards the end of the summer, local apples abound. My favourite type of apple are the alcoholic version i.e. cider, and we have relatives who make the kind of cider that can knock your socks off!
I love to bake for my family, and there is such a feel good factor when your house is filled with the delicious smell of a baking cake. I like easy, low-faff cakes; the kind where you bung all the ingredients into a bowl, mix it up and pop it in the oven. I especially like to add fruit to cakes, because that makes them feel a bit healthier.
This is my family recipe for Kentish Apple Cake. It’s scribbled down in the front of an old baking book, and is easy to throw together when you fancy something yummy for tea. It uses simple store cupboard ingredients and is a great way to use up those apples that are looking a bit wrinkly and past their best. It is perhaps best eaten warm, as a pudding, with lots of fresh cold cream poured over it. Of course it’s perfect with a cup of tea in the garden or even packed for a picnic with other lovely treats.
- 8 oz or 1 cup of self-raising flour
- 4 oz or half cup of caster sugar
- 4 oz or half cup soft margarine
- 8 oz or 1 cup chopped apple (this is the prepared weight after peeling and coring etc.)
- 1 large egg
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C/350 F
- Rub the margarine into the flour to make a crumble like consistency (or use your food processor, which makes things quicker!)
- Stir in the sugar.
- stir in the chopped apple (small pieces). I used a British cooking variety called Bramley, but you could use whatever dessert apples you happen to have.
- Beat the egg and stir through the cake mix until combined.
- Put in a greased and lined cake tin.
- Sprinkle Demerara sugar over the top of the cake batter.
- Bake in oven for approximately one hour.
- Eat the cake before the children come home from school and eat it all!
This cake is definitely good for the soul if not for the body too; you know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”!
It would be lovely if you felt like popping over to visit my blog at A Saucy Stitch for more yummy cakes, vintage china, thrifty finds and quirky English humor.
Giddy Aunt Lola (aka Sharon) x
Sharon is a 49 year old mum to 5 children, two dogs and 4 chickens. She loves searching for vintage china in charity shops and is studying part-time for a degree in creative writing. She lives in England in the heart of the heart of the Kent countryside. Take a moment to check out her blog, A Saucy Stitch, where you will find delicious cakes like this one and so much more!