Sunday, 28 September 2008
Apple, Cider & Sultana cake
Hmmm autumnal foods! I've made this cake to have for dessert after Sunday dinner today, but of course I've tried a bit before then! It is really delicious and moist. The sultanas are soaked in cider overnight to make them lovely and plump. I used dark soft brown sugar rather than light soft brown sugar, only because it was all we had in, but it made it darker and I think it had more depth of flavour because of it.
The recipe is from Good Housekeeping that my Mum bought and she pestered me to bake it!
150ml cider (I used Henney's Frome Valley medium cider)
125g butter, softened
125g soft brown sugar (dark or light really)
2 large eggs, beaten
225g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
2 cox's apples, cored & thinly sliced
1. Put the sultanas in a non-metallic bowl with the cider. Cover and leave overnight.
2. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 (180c). Grease a square baking tin (I actually used a rectangular one, rebel). Put the butter in a bowl with the sugar and whisk with an electric whisk until fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs until incorporated.
3. Sift in the flour, mixed spice and baking powder and fold in gently. Add the sultanas and any cider that hasn't been absorbed and mix.
4. Pour into the tin and level with the back of a spoon. Arrange the apple slices over the top of the batter and bake for 30-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin slightly, then turn out onto a wire rack before serving. Enjoy!