Now to the main event,
We are having some dreadful weather here in England .....it has been raining "cats and dogs" all weekend, so I am going to cheer myself up.
I've put on my apron, switched on the oven, gathered my ingredients and I'm ready to bake.
BUT BEFORE WE START BAKING I promised I would share with you the photo of Ivy's Radiation New World Cooker, and here it is,
Ivy was a champion baker, who won awards for her baking and she achieved her success with this little cooker..... wasn't she amazing! What sort of cooker did your grandmother use, I would love to hear your stories.
DORSET APPLE CAKE
8 oz (225g) Cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
8 oz (225g) sultanas (optional)
1/4 pint (150 ml) of milk (of your choice I used semi-skimmed)
6 oz (175g) soft brown sugar
12 oz (350g) plain flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
2 level teaspoons mixed spice
6 oz (175g) butter (melted)
1 large egg (at room temperature), beaten
1 oz (25g) demerara sugar
Pre-heat oven 170c/325f/Gas Mark 3
Butter and line the base of an 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin with greaseproof paper
Mix together the chopped apples, sultanas, mixed spice, milk and sugar
Melt butter in a saucepan
In a separate bowl, sieve together the flour and baking powder
and pour in the melted butter.
Add the apple and sultana mixture
Add the beaten egg
Mix well until all the flour has been incorporated
Place into the buttered and lined cake tin
and spread evenly with a palette knife.
Sprinkle with 1 oz (25g) Demerara sugar
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until risen and golden brown.
Check that the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre of the cake,
it should come out clean.
Leave the cake to cool for 15 minutes and carefully remove from the cake tin.
Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Serve with whipped double cream
MAKE YOURSELF A CUP OF COFFEE,
GO ON ..... CUT A SLICE,
Let me know what you think of this cake, it would be lovely to hear from you.
I am going to share with you Ivy's recipe book, Phyllis' recipe book and my first cookery book.
There is such a difference in the look and style of the cookery books....you will see what I mean next week.
So until then, have a fabulous week and I will catch up with you next Sunday.... HAPPY BAKING.