Looking through some of her things I found this apple cake recipe she'd written on a scrap of paper...
We eat tons of apples, but as I'd bought a big batch of them before realising that a number were bruised I thought that it might be a good idea to make an apple cake as the recipe says you can use windfalls as well as Bramley Apples...
In case you can't read mum's writing, you will need:
5oz of wholemeal flour
4oz of butter
1 teaspoon of baking powder
water or fruit juice to mix
(I added a teaspoonful of cinnamon too and a little vanilla extract, this would work with lots of different spices even a little ground or freshly grated ginger.)
For the topping:
2 large cooking apples (or windfall ones in the autumn)
1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
1 teaspoon of water or fruit juice to mix
. To make the sponge cream the butter and sugar together.
. Beat in the eggs gradually
. Sift in all the dry ingredients and fold in. Add the water or fruit juice and vanilla extract.
.Pour into a greased oven proof dish.
. Peel and slice the apples and place on top of the batter in overlapping rows or circles.
. Mix the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and sprinkle over the apples as below.
This a lovely cake and delicious served warm as a winter pudding with custard or homemade vanilla ice cream...mmm
This was my second attempt at cooking with gluten free flour. I used Doves Farm Gluten and Wheat Free White self-raising flour. It's a mixture of rice, potato, tapioca, maize and buckwheat flour. I followed the recipe and just changed the flour and it still made a lovely light, moist cake.
Last week I baked my usual fruit cake recipe that I must have made a hundred times. The instructions on the bag of gluten free flour said that it's very absorbent and to add a little extra liquid when following your own recipe...so I did and ended up with a really soggy fruitcake that I returned to the oven...which didn't really solve the problem.
In future I think I'll do as I have today and just substitute the flour but leave the recipes alone.I'll let you know how I get on...