Friday, 25 October 2013

Brit Decor: Something for the Weekend...

Sometimes it's the 'Simple Thing's, so reverting back to a classic bake definitely constitutes one of my simple pleasures. Just the process alone is pure therapy, getting my hands dirty in sheer contrast to the somewhat sterile, butter free, computer keyboard that my fingers are used to - it's hardly revolutionary but it works for me!

Dorset Apple Cake really is a quintessential British bake and a great excuse to make a tasty treat for the weekend, enjoy with clotted cream for true authenticity but I decided to be good, on this occasion.

With a wet weekend ahead, this could be the perfect comfort food...

Here's what you will need...

1 large Bramley apple (approx 225g)
2 medium eggs, beaten
Finely grated zest of a lemon
125g self raising flour
125g of diced butter
125g caster sugar
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp of baking powder

Here's how to make the bake...

Start by preheating your oven to 1900c / gas mark 5 and lightly grease a 20cm cake tin. Peel the Bramley apple and remove the core before dicing (use larger chunks for a more rustic feel).

Add sifted flour, mixed spice and baking powder into a mixing bowl, adding the diced butter to create fine breadcrumbs by rubbing the ingredients together.

Then stir in the sugar, lemon zest and the all important diced apple. Gradually stir in the beaten eggs to create a firm mixture and spoon this into the prepared baking tin and smooth out.

Cook for around 30 minutes and savour that freshly baked aroma!

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