February 14, 2008

Nigel's English Apple Cake

When I started to make this cake, I thought I would make it just as slim as Nigel describes on his book The Kitchen Diaries [p. 306] but then I came up with a loaf tin which gives a thicker sponge with richer topping. I don't have a particular reason, really. Perhaps, my mind has been a bit occupied with something much bizzare than just a simple thing.

On weekend, I have tried to make Denise's lime and coconut cupcakes, I know I'm a bit obsessed to try them out as I do believe the lime and coconut combination will make a great flavour, and they are delicately flavoursome. In the afternoon after I've finished schooled my son, I also make this apple cake to think about An Apple A Day event hosted by Ma Che Ti Sei Mangiato...

I still have some recipes you might want to view or would give you ideas to use up your apples: Toffee Apple Cupcakes, Apple Cheese, and Apple Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce.

English Apple Cake

Source: Nigel Slater. The Kitchen Diaries. p. 306.

I sprinkled the almond slices for the crunchy 'effect' and more cinnamon on top with the breadcrumbs. Tastes some nutty burst in between the sugary crumbs and moist apple chunks with lovely soft buttercake. The recipe is quite simple with using same amount of butter, sugar and flour. The rest of them are yours.

130g butter,
130g unrefined caster sugar,
3 'eating' apples (dessert apples),
the juice of half a lemon,
½ tsp ground cinammon,
2 Tbs demerara sugar,
2 large eggs,
130g plain flour,
1 tsp baking powder,
3 Tbs fresh white breadcrumbs,
a little extra sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Prepare 24cm square cake tin, lined with baking paper. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer bowl unti light and fluffy. Meanwhile, core and cut into small chunks the apples and drop them into a bowl of lemon juice. Toss the apples with cinnamon and sugar. Break the eggs, beat them loosely with fork. Pour a little at a time into the mixing bowl, mixing well. Sift the flour with baking powder then fold in gently into the egg mixture. Scrape into the lined cake tin. Put the apple chunks on top of the cake mixture, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and a little of sugar, if desired. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. When it's baked, the cake will turn reasonably brown and firm in the middle. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes. Serve warm with pouring cream (single/fresh cream).


Lia said...

i have alot apple left over not eaten, thanks for the idea iam going to make apple cake this evening ^_^

Deborah said...

I have never made anything by Nigel Slater, but I hear good things about his recipes all of the time!

Barbara said...

I'd marry Nigel Slater if I wasn't married to Bryan. LOvely apple cake arfi.

Arfi Binsted said...

Lia: do try! hehehe...

Deborah: oh yeah! you hear them right! when i bought this book, almost every page of the book i have tried and they are fantastic!!

Barbara: you would have to compete with me, Barb hahahaha!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Everything Nigel does is divine. SO is this cake, Arfi.